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The Board of Dublin Employment Pact has announced that the agency – which has supported highly innovative employment, training, urban development and education projects in the capital city since 1998 – is to close today (Friday, 31 August 2012). Over recent months DEP has managed to negotiate the transfer of its 16 current projects and programmes and most of its staff to other organisations. However, four DEP staff, including CEO, Philip O’Connor, will be made redundant.

The DEP’s projects – funded through national and EU programmes – assisted great numbers of people across Dublin to access employment, upskilling and social integration, particularly those least advantaged in society.

The DEP is proud of its legacy and of its record over the last decade and more in leveraging over €14 million in resources to run many innovative and successful programmes and projects. This was achieved through the close collaboration of public, private and civil society organisations represented through the structures of DEP, including the Department of the Taoiseach, the Dublin regional and local authorities, IBEC and ICTU, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Dublin Council of Trade Unions, the Dublin local area partnerships, FÁS, the Dublin Enterprise Boards, the third level education sector and local community organisations. Perhaps in the not to distant future we will see – and need – a return to such productive collaborative work

To read more about DEP’s work over the past 15 years please click here

Dublin Employment & Skills Strategy
Dublin Employment Pact, commissioned by DRA and Dublin city/county managers, leads the Employment & Skills Strand of this Strategy. DEP hosted the conference “Future of Work in Dublin” in November 2009 and commissioned a report by wrc consultants.
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Local Employment Service – Dublin Inner City
Dublin Employment Pact is now coordinating the four Local Employment Services in Dublin Inner City. The Local Employment Service, through one to one support, works with people and helps them identify suitable employment. It also can assist with finding training and education programme that will help prepare people for employment. The service is free of charge and confidential. Please contact your Local Employment Service for information.
Dublin Strategy for Social Inclusion
DEP, working with Clann Credo, was commissioned to form a basis for a practical strategy for developing Social Enterprise, particularly given its potential in a period of recession. Click here for further details.
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Integration of New Communities
Dublin Employment Pact has two initiatives under this strand...
Dignity Project, an interagency initiative to provide quality services to victims of sex trafficking.
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Tús – Community Work Placement Initiative
Dublin Employment Pact is coordinating the Tús Initiative in Dublin Inner City on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. The initiative will provide short-term quality and suitable working opportunities for people who are unemployed while at the same time carrying out beneficial work within communities. People cannot self refer, but will be contacted by their local Social Welfare Office if selected to participate in the initiative. More information to follow, please contact Finuala McGuinness (Coordinator) or Helen McHugh (Administrator) for information.
New Communities in Dublin: Barriers to Integration
DEP, in partnership with New Communities Partnership and local authorities, is developing strategies for social inclusion of migrant communities in Ireland.


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Dublin Employment Pact, Strand House (First Floor), 22 Great Strand Street, Dublin1. Tel: +353 1 878 8900
Registered in Dublin No. 340167, Charitable Status CHY14496.