IE Network is a Dublin-based initiative of the Dublin Regional Authority. It was born out of the post-Celtic Tiger era which saw the emergence of the non-traditional unemployed grouping of high-skilled / professionals. It was launched recently on 18th November 2010, during the Innovation Dublin festival.
The purpose of the IE Network is threefold:
1. To facilitate professional and social networking amongst the peer group of unemployed high-skilled/ professionals and to consolidate the existing services available to them;
2. To target these to our Members, so that they can either go about setting up their own business, or simply brush up on their job-seeking skills, such as CV writing and interview techniques; and
3. To supplement public services with tailored professional social training and events to the specific needs of our Members.
We endeavour to provide a platform of mutual support (Member / Member and Member / IE Network) coupled with the consolidation and targeting of existing and State and local services for out-of-work High-skilled / Professionals.
We want to assist our Members to identify a route back to the workplace, either by getting a new employer, or, if you simply cannot get a suitable job, to assist you with starting out on your own.
The IE Network is the next stage development from the pilot scheme, IEZ, which was founded in September 2009 by South Dublin County Council for the benefit of its unemployed high-skilled/ professionals which it recognised had limited assistance from existing State and local employment and welfare resources, most of which catered to the traditional low-skilled worker.
While we are a professional Network working for the benefit of currently unemployed high-skilled/ professionals, we are grateful to the Dublin Regional Authority for instigating this initative and for providing us with the financial support.