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Hireland powers past 5,000 pledges and 2,000 jobs in its first six months

The voluntary initiative has helped answer Ireland’s call for jobs in its first six months.

Lucy Masterson, co-founder of Hireland with Stephen Reddin, who found a job through the initiative
Lucy Masterson, co-founder of Hireland with Stephen Reddin, who found a job through the initiative

HIRELAND, THE GRASSROOTS initiative which asked employers of small to medium size enterprises to pledge jobs in ones and twos have today reached their target of 5,000 pledges.

Over 2,000 of these pledges have already turned into jobs since the initiative was launched on January 16 2012.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, co-founder Lucy Masterson believes that its success is down to “the army of goodwill out there.”

With its initial milestone now reached, she sees it as confirmation of what Hireland can achieve in the future:

We now know that we are really onto something here. When we launched, we didn’t know where this would go and only picked 5,000 as it was a nice round figure.

Detailing the companies next steps, Lucy is hoping to spread the message even further by getting volunteers on board from all around the country.

For anyone who wants to help, this is your chance. We can do this together.

Those who answer ‘the county call’ are free to do things their way, using local knowledge and networks to “hassle the local butcher to take one more person on.”

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Hoping to broaden Hireland’s reach even further, Lucy is also hoping to help those who are unemployed and require mentoring or upskilling. “It will all be there, and all completely free,” she says.

We’re small fry but who knows, this could be a whole new way at looking at job creation.

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