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SpunOut.ie launches 'Compass', a new employment information tool from SpunOut.ie

Blog Posts Decem­ber 5th2016

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar T.D. will on Monday (December 5th) launch ‘Compass’ an innovative new tool to point young jobseekers in the direction of new learning and work opportunities.

The search tool is powered by hundreds of information factsheets and employment support service listings created by youth information website SpunOut.ie.

‘Compass’ will serve as a one-stop-shop for young people seeking information about education and employment including current opportunities, how to apply for social welfare supports, applying for jobs, available training and education schemes, workplace rights and new business grants for young entrepreneurs.

SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth information website, was commissioned to develop the tool and information hub by the Community Foundation for Ireland’s youth committee and youth participation panel.

The plain English information hub also provides practical advice to support jobseekers in developing creative cover letters, comprehensive CVs, and to prepare young jobseekers for interviews with prospective employers.

The new tool will ask young people to filter their employment information needs based on a number of factors including their employment status, location, educational attainment level, age, and barriers to employment.

Once a young person has expressed their information needs, a results page of recommended content will be served to the reader including information on opportunities, local employment support services in their area, general advice and tips (CV, cover letter, interview), education supports, and information on overcoming self-identified barriers to employment. This person-centred, holistic approach is crucial to the successful provision of youth information online.

Compass will also explain ‘what to expect’ from statutory services through commissioned multimedia content and will guide users how to complete common entitlement forms using visually annotated forms.

Compass will be promoted through Spotify, YouTube, Google and Facebook and in cinemas nationwide from next Friday (December 9th).

Speaking about the launch of Compass, Minister Varadkar said:

“Compass is a fantastic project and I think it will prove really useful for young people trying to negotiate the world of work. Its one-stop shop model follows international best practice, and brings together services and supports. It’s on-line, and it’s innovative, because it tailors information and advice to the individual. I have no doubt that this is just the beginning, and that the hub will expand and grow.”

SpunOut.ie Executive Director Ian Power said:

“This is a really exciting project for us because employment has always been the number one topic searched for by young people on our platform. The support from the Community Foundation for Ireland in developing ‘Compass’ has meant we have been able to transform how we help young people find information they need quickly. Their support has also enabled us to increase the amount of education and employment content on SpunOut.ie by over 150%.”

Hazel Hill from the Community Foundation for Ireland said:

“We are delighted to have commissioned SpunOut.ie to deliver this innovative tool that is focused on the individual needs of young people looking for new opportunities. Our youth participation panel identified the need for a one-stop-shop for employment related content and our decision to partner with SpunOut.ie was based on their established youth audience, particularly for content of this nature.”

The launch will take place in Screen 3 of the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin 7 at 09.30am on Monday, 5th December 2016.

Compass - information to point you in the right direction http://spunout.ie/compass

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For more information please contact;

Ian Power, executive director, SpunOut.ie

ian@spunout.ie

0831484527

Editor notes:

SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website - created by young people, for young people. We provide information to young people to empower them to navigate life’s inevitable opportunities and challenges. Our goal is to enable young people to live happy, healthy lives where they can avail of opportunities and build a bright future for themselves. SpunOut.ie has 95,000 active readers each month (source: Google Analytics). SpunOut.ie is a multi-award winning organisation and website most recently receiving the award for ‘Best Web Only Publication’ at the Web Awards 2016 and also ‘Best in Universal Design’ and ‘Best Use of Technology for Good’ at the Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards 2016.


The Community Foundation for Ireland works with community and voluntary groups in the Republic of Ireland. It believes in the power of philanthropy to deliver just and progressive social change and empowers people and organisations who want to make a difference through a model of philanthropy that is based on trust, effectiveness and impact. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded over €25 million in grants to voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations throughout Ireland.