‘Foot in the Door’ an Irish co-operative industry initiative targeting potential new employees for the agrifood sector is coming to Kilkenny on May 5, 2015.

‘Foot in the Door’ is a training and advisory event for currently unemployed job seekers and it was launched by ICOS Skillnets and the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.

Organisers say that Foot in The Door events are happening nationwide (with agrifood co-ops from each region participating). The Kilkenny event includes a jobs advice clinic being provided by ICOS and co-ops including Glanbia, Mullinahone, Callan, Tipperary, Centenary Thurles and Country Markets.

The free event takes place at the Hotel Kilkenny from 9am to 1pm on May 5 and organisers say that advance registration is essential.

Billy Goodburn, ICOS Skillnets Manager said that the future growth and expansion of the Irish agrifood industry requires additional human resources.

“In particular the dairy sector has considerable potential to expand given the recent abolition of EU milk quotas. Our initiatives ties in with growth plans for the agrifood industry and the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs,” he said.

Minister Coveney has welcomed the initiative which is seeking to open up new opportunities for job seekers in a sector of the economy that is confident and ambitious and has strong employment potential.

“The Irish agrifood industry is well positioned to meet continuously growing global demand for foods. It’s important that this growth opportunity has widespread economic benefits for everyone and most particularly for job seekers in rural areas which are the heartland of Irish agrifood production,” he said.

Contributing a value of €24 billion to the national economy, the Irish agrifood sector  generates almost 10% of Ireland’s exports and provides 7.7% of national employment.

To register to attend, candidates should please contact Breeda Flood or Billy Goodburn on 01 613 1348 or on email: [email protected]