Announcement Feeding Ireland's Future 2018  

Do you wish to take part in Feeding Ireland’s Future (FIF) 2018?

Participating companies can make a difference and significantly assist our young people

  •  FIF is an initiative between ECR Ireland members, the Dept of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) and Dept of Education to offer pre-employment training to early school leavers & young unemployed people.
  • The objective is to assist those seeking employment while promoting the grocery industry as a sector for a worthwhile career.
  • While national unemployment has fallen to 6.1%*, youth unemployment is still extremely high at 13.7%*.  (*CSO Jan 2018)
  • The FIF experience highlights the poor standard of CVs and young people’s state-of-readiness for job-seeking.
  • Over the last 4 years, almost 4,500 young people have benefitted from FIF sessions hosted by 100+ companies
  • The feedback from participating young people and companies has always been overwhelmingly positive.
  • Taking part in FIF complements many companies CSR policies and empowers company representatives.

What’s involved?

  • The FIF Skills for Work Month will commence with a launch event and close with a ceremony in June hosted at state buildings by DEASP.
  • To take part, a company hosts an event anytime from May 21 – June 01
  •             An on-site ½ day, full day or 2-3 day event for young unemployed people sourced by DEASP.
  •                          AND/OR
  •            A 2-hour session for early school leavers at a Youthreach Centre.
  •  All sessions should focus on CV & interview skills, HR skills, Company insight, Business skills.
  •  Registrations to be received by May 4th.
  • NEW FOR 2018 – The closing ceremony will feature a Certificate presented to every participating company + Awards for the best initiatives.

Key milestones
Registration Date:                                                               4th May                                                           
The Skills for Work Week will take place from:      21st May to 1st June

Please consider the following:
1. Participation – Please let me know if you wish to take part in FIF 2018.  While the final date to register is 4th May, I would appreciate an early heads-up with regard to taking part.
2.We are seeking two HR Managers from companies that previously participated to join the FIF steering group. The Steering Group assists with the strategy, communication & operation of FIF.  It involves attending or dialling into c.4 meetings and is an excellent opportunity to work with trading partners on a joint industry initiative with the DEASP & Youthreach.

Why continue FIF?
Youth unemployment is still high at 13.7%.  High youth unemployment remains as a legacy of the recession and Increasing opportunities for young people starting out in the workplace is important not only for economic reasons but is essential for the future social cohesion of Ireland. 
• Our experience with FIF highlights the poor standard of CVs and young people’s state-of-readiness for job-seeking.
• FIF is a showcase for careers in our sector.

FIF 2018 Company Guidedownload 

FIF Q&Adownload

FIF 2018 Employer Registration Formdownload


Feeding Ireland's Future (FIF) is an initiative whereby retailers, suppliers and service providers to the Irish food and grocery sector five free pre-employment skills to young unemployment people. This initiative is promoted by ECR Ireland and is conducted in association with the Department of Social Protection and its Intreo service and the Department of Education and Skills and its Youthreach service. 

Click here to see the "Feeding Ireland's Future 2017 Summary"


MILESTONES for 2017:

  1. 10th Feb: Info Day from 11-1 at Plaza Hotel, Tallaght. Liase with DSP and/or Youthreach. Look at the photos of the day
  2. 13th March: Contact participants with welcome note. Photo shoot at Farmleigh. It was a fabulous setting and great to have Minister Varadkar available to launch #FIF2017. Look at the photos of the day
  3. 20th-31st March: Conduct Skills for Work Week activities. Look the events that took place in FIF2017

Listen Declan Carolan interview in Todayfm about FIF 2017 

Look at the media releases regarding FIF 2017:


Click here to see more photos from the events 



Follow Feeding Ireland's Future 2018 at #FIF2018


Photo shoot with participating companies & Minister Regina Doherty for launch of #FIF2018