Virtual Expos is an online recruitment fair connecting jobseekers with companies and recruitment firms. Their virtual events bring attendees together with employers, HR and personnel professionals from top organisations across Ireland and around the world, allowing candidates to explore an array of career opportunities. Virtual Expos organise online events for a variety of different industries, such as banking and financial services, the pharmaceutical and health sectors, engineering, construction and many more.

Virtual Expos will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on June 23rd 2016 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Nursing Home located in the Cork countryside amid peaceful and secure gardens, although still within a short distance from the city centre. St. Joseph's Hospital is part of the Bon Secours Health System. This ensures the quality of the hospital’s care, their high standards and their commitment to best practice. St. Joseph's Hospital recognises the dignity and uniqueness of each person, and seeks to provide high quality, holistic care which is characterised by compassion, respect, justice and hope. Services provided include respite care, convalescence and community support, rehabilitation, palliative care, and continuing care for low to maximum dependency residents.

St. Joseph's Hospital will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on June 23rd 2016 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,000 properties in nearly 100 countries around the globe. The company employs over 170,000 across the world at its owned and managed properties. Just a few of Starwood’s international and world-class brands include St. Regis, W, Westin, and Sheraton. They also own Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on June 23rd 2016 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

Lidl is an international business and global supermarket chain. The company was founded in 1930 as a food wholesaler. Their first discount supermarket was opened in 1973, and the company now operates over 10,000 stores in 30 countries across Europe. In July 2000, Lidl opened their first Irish store. Since then, they have grown to over 180 stores across the country. Lidl is committed to the career development of their employees. Many of their managers have successfully advanced in their careers, from starting positions in their stores. Structured, on the job training is the foundation of their training concept, giving their employees the opportunity for further development both professionally and personally.

Lidl will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork 2016 on June 23rd at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Their broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help their customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, GE Healthcare partners with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom. Their employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.

GE Healthcare will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on June 23rd 2016 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

The Department of Social Protection supports the Minister for Social Protection in the discharge of governmental, parliamentary and departmental duties. The Department’s main functions are to advise the Government and formulate appropriate social protection and social inclusion policies; design, develop and deliver effective and cost-efficient income supports, employment services and other related services; and work towards providing seamless delivery of services in conjunction with other Departments, agencies and bodies. The Department serves a wide and diverse group of clients including families, people in employment, unemployed people, people with disabilities, carers and pensioners. The Department administers over 70 different schemes and services, which impact the lives of almost everyone living in Ireland.

The Department of Social Protection will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on June 23rd 2016 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

The Cork Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organisation in the region and is committed to supporting business in Cork. The Chamber represents over 1,100 businesses in Cork who employ around to 100,000 people. They ensure that Cork’s businesses are strongly supported and represented on critical issues within the region. The Chamber assists businesses of all size, providing them with the tools and resources to grow and develop, both nationally and internationally. These include networking events, training for business, export documentation, trade information, business promotion and other business support services.

Cork Chamber of Commerce will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork on June 23rd 2016 at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

Cheshire Ireland provides support services to people with either physical or neurological conditions in their homes, in residential centres, in supported accommodation and in stand-alone respite facilities. They aim to provide quality, person-centred services, which those with disabilities to live a life of their own choosing.

Cheshire Ireland’s first centre opened in Ardeen, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow nearly 50 years ago. Since then the company has grown and they are now the biggest provider of supported accommodation in the country, assisting 281 people at 21 centres in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Wicklow, Limerick, Donegal, Kerry,Carlow, Waterford, Sligo and Mayo.

Cheshire Ireland will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork 2016 on June 23rd at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Their mission is to help people and businesses to succeed in the public and private sectors. They are committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards, and to maintaining public confidence in management accounting. CIMA works at the heart of business in industry, commerce and in the not-for-profit sector. They have more than 229,000 members and students in 176 countries. The Institute also has strong relationships with employers, and they sponsor leading research.

CIMA will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork 2016 on June 23rd at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world. The company offers a wide range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses and eye surgery products. Bausch + Lomb began in 1853 in Rochester, New York, as a small optical shop. Since then, the company has grown to become a multi-billion dollar corporation with approximately 12,000 employees worldwide, and with products available in more than 100 countries. Bausch + Lomb believes in equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, disability or any other protected personal characteristics. In August of 2013, the company was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and became their eye care division.

Bausch + Lomb will be exhibiting at Jobs Expo Cork 2016 on June 23rd at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs in Cork.

Around 1,400 Irish jobs are at risk as Debenhams in Ireland has been placed in examinership.

The UK retailer has eleven stores in Ireland – four stores in Dublin and two in Cork as well as outlets in Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Waterford and Newbridge. It is as yet unclear whether or not any of Debenhams Irish stores will be forced to close.

Debenhams’ Irish operations have been operating at a loss. The UK parent firm has stated it is no longer willing to accept these unsustainable losses and the costs associated with this.

Debenhams wants to cut staff and rent costs

Debenhams in the UK has claimed that the company is willing to invest in a restructured Irish operation, but is demanding that rent and staff costs be cut. Debenhams' rents in Ireland amount to about €25m a year, and staff costs are approximately €36.6m annually. The Irish operation had sales of €166m last year, but has made losses of €22.6m over the past three years.

Debenhams employs just over 1,400 people directly across the company’s Irish stores. About 500 of these are full-time employees, and another 800 work at concessions and make-up counters.

Kieran Wallace of KPMG was appointed interim examiner by the High Court yesterday. The business is now under the protection of the court. In a statement, the company said the examinership will last up to 100 days.

Debenham has reassured consumers that their eleven Irish stores and online retailing will continue to trade as normal. All prepaid goods and services, gift vouchers and credit notes, will be honoured.

John Bebbington, Director of Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Ltd, says the examinership move is an effort to secure future of the company.

“The directors of Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Ltd will work hard to secure the long term future of the business in Ireland, enabling us to continue to serve our customers well, to provide sustainable jobs for our colleagues and to support the Irish economy.

“A key element of the examinership would be to protect as many jobs as possible. We believe this will be in the best long term interests of all our stakeholders. During the examinership process it will be business as usual for all of our stores and online trading.”



Trade union Mandate, which represents many of the staff at Debenhams in Ireland, said it has sought an urgent meeting with the company and its examiner.


Despite positive signs in the Irish economy and jobs market, more than half of Irish second-level students are worried about their job prospects. In addition, Ireland’s young people are anxious about their financial futures and their ability to buy a home in Ireland.

A new survey has revealed that 56 percent of second-level students in Ireland believe that they will have to emigrate; 52 percent said they thought it unlikely they would be able to purchase a home in Ireland; and 50 percent said that they doubt they will be able to find employment in the country.

The figures are at odds with a recent report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), which found that job prospects for graduates are currently better than at any time since the economic crash. According to the HEA, 58 percent of university graduates with an honours bachelors degree are going immediately entering employment, either in Ireland or overseas. This is up from 51 percent last year.

Cost of living, high rents and job prospects

In addition to job prospects, other areas of growing concern for second-level students are the cost of living and high rents. Rents, in particular, impact students, with many choosing their third-level institution based on rent prices. Over a third of second-level students have said that Dublin’s high rents and cost of living make attending university in the capital financially impossible.

The survey also found that secondary school students are politically disillusioned. The majority believe that their local TDs are only "out for themselves".



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