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Fair to bring unity to Leeside

Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 4:14pm

Diversity is the name of the game on Leeside this month with a new fair promoting inclusion and equality coming to town.

The Diversity Career, Jobs & Education Fair is an initiative by Love and Care for People Worldwide (LCP), a Cork-based non-profit organisation which endeavours to improve lives and promote safe, inclusive, equal, and thriving communities.

Ini Usanga, co-founder of Love and Care for People, said: “We’ve initiated the Diversity Career, Jobs & Education Fair to bring together people from diverse communities, under one roof, to connect with employers, businesses, educational institutions, organisations and recruiters, so they may gain access to employment, information on training and or start their own business for their economic independence.”

A large number of businesses, groups and organisations will be supporting and taking part in the event, each bringing their own unique perspective on diversity and inclusion.

One such company is Dell Technologies which has put diversity and empowerment at the forefront of its priorities in its search for innovation.

Gareth Cullen, Talent Acquisition Director, Dell Technologies said: “Diversity and inclusion could not be more important to us in Dell Technologies. Great can come from anywhere, so our talent strategy is focused on opening up as many talent avenues as possible, appreciating the different strengths people bring.

“The differentiator then is how you empower people and bring them together to create innovation, and I think this is where we shine actually.”

The Diversity Career, Jobs & Education Fair is aimed towards students, job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs who may by seeking advice and support, or who may wish to speak directly with support services, educational institutes or employers.

For employers looking to book a stand in the fair, it will offer the opportunity to meet a diverse range of professionals and job seekers and to create a more inclusive workplace.

Susan Long, Mediator, Cork City Partnership, said: “I have been working closely with migrant communities for the last few years. I have met incredibly resilient, passionate and aspirational people. With the right guidance and support, we can ensure that they plan a successful career and live a life of purpose.”

The fair will also offer one to one clinics in diversity management in the workplace, in both hard and soft job seeking skills for new communities, and in overcoming specific barriers when seeking a job in Ireland for the first time.

Clinics already confirmed include Together Razem with CV clinics in Polish, Cork City Partnership with an education training/courses support clinic, New Communities Partnership with a CV writing and interviewing skills clinic, Dress for Success Cork with its career and employment retention clinic, and Dana Fülles who is a life and career coach.

The one day event is executed by Think-Speak-Do, an organisation that designs bespoke interactive community events.

The Diversity Career, Jobs & Education Fair will take place on 19 February from 10am-4.30pm at Millennium Hall in Cork City Hall. Entrance to the event is free. Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Fergal Dennehy will officially open the fair at 11.30am.

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