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LinkedIn to lure mums back to the workplace


Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland

Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland

Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn Ireland

LinkedIn has launched a pilot programme aimed at helping people return to the workplace.

The initiative will initially create 10 jobs at LinkedIn’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin across a number of areas including sales, global customer operations and talent acquisition.

The professional network site chose Dublin to launch the programme – Returnin – which will focus on assisting people who have taken a career break to look after children, or care for family members, in returning to work.

Under the programme, LinkedIn will offer returning professionals additional training, an extended on-boarding period, and the provision of ongoing mentoring to ensure that participants make a seamless transition back into the workforce.

When asked if the initiative was something that the Government should be carrying out, Sharon McCooey, head of LinkedIn in Ireland, told the Irish Independent that the initiative was a talent programme, rather than a corporate social responsibility undertaking.

“This is a talent programme, I see a pool of talent out there that don’t know how to get back into the workplace and I really see this as a way of developing talent,” Ms McCooey said.

While the programme has just commenced, Ms McCooey said that she “definitely” sees it being extended to people who have taken career breaks for reasons other than to act as carers.

The most recent data from the Central Statistics Office shows that there are just over 195,000 carers in Ireland, with female carers compromising over 60pc of the total.

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