Minister Simon Harris TD was in St. Andrews Resource Centre, Pearse Street in Dublin this morning to announce funding support of €300,000 by Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, to fund nonprofits supporting local employment opportunities.
The Minister was joined by Carlow native Lorraine Twohill, Google’s global Chief Marketing Officer to make the announcement that will see the €300,000 in funding directly support nonprofit programmes defined by Google’s Employment Task Force, a diverse coalition of community experts who are identifying ways to drive inclusive economic growth in Dublin.
Launched in 2021, Google’s Employment Task Force aims to find sustainable employment solutions for long-term unemployed people from the south inner city and provide training and development opportunities. Attendees at this morning’s event had the opportunity to hear from community representatives and participants in the current Employment Task Force programmes.
Today’s grant by Google.org will fund programmes by two nonprofits:
St. Andrews Resource Centre – will create a hyperlocal, community based training programme to upskill 50 local unemployed people to become more employable by obtaining a certified level of housekeeper and complementary digital skills to enable them to gain sustainable employment in a growing industry.
Ringsend Community Service Forum – will offer focused training for 50 local managers and emergent leaders through a ‘train the trainer’ process to provide assistance in accessing jobs, educational & training opportunities for up to 2000 local unemployed youth in Ringsend and Irishtown. Youth will be significantly upskilled on basic tech and digital skills thereby helping to close the digital gap and allowing access to new career opportunities as a result.
Speaking at the event this morning, Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science said:
“I am delighted to be here to see the impact that is being made by Google’s Employment Task Force. This is my second visit and I am overwhelmed each time at the impact this is having in communities. This programme is driven by the local community and for those who live there. I want to thank Google for their further commitment to this important work today.”
Lorraine Twohill, Google’s Chief Marketing Officer said:
“I am proud to be here today to announce further support from Google for such a significant and important employment initiative. We’ve been part of the Ringsend and Pearse Street community for almost 20 years, and we know it is important for Google to show up locally. We remain committed to addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the Docklands community, and through the Task Force and organisations we support, we will continue to build on the work launched in 2021, helping to create meaningful, sustainable and long-term employment for members of our local community.”
Created and enabled by Google, the Employment Task Force is an initiative that is driven by the local community and made up of Google representatives, community based training employment and education services, local businesses, Dublin City Council and the Department of Social Protection. Today’s announcement follows a commitment of over €500,000 by Google in 2021 at the launch of the Employment Task Force,
Jim Hargis, Manager of Local Employment Service at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre, representing the Local Employment Task Force, said:
“This is a unique and impactful initiative, one that brings together the people and organisations that have a direct and often personal experience of local unemployment challenges. This diverse coalition of community experts and representatives will provide support, mentoring and access to skills training – all vital elements of employment services – to local unemployed young people and those seeking educational and other supports. I want to offer my thanks to those who spoke today and shared their experience of participating in the programmes run by the Task Force and to thank Google for further committing to this project.”