Google Community News Update

This City Works

Community Affairs Team Google Ireland, was joined by the Minister for Finance Michael McGrath, Deputy Jim O’Callaghan and Councilor Danny Byrne at a community event hosted in St Andrews Resource Centre which launched the rebranding of the Employment Task Force to ‘This City Works’ introducing a website one stop shop approach to the various services and programmes delivered by the Task Force. Check out for more information.

The Employment Task Force was established in 2020 by Google’s Community Affairs team in collaboration with local community employment, training and education services, the Employment Task Force aims to find sustainable employment solutions for long-term unemployed people and provide them with training, education and development opportunities.

The task force is made up of a diverse coalition of community experts who are identifying ways to drive inclusive economic growth in Dublin. Members include St Andrews Resource Centre Employment and Training Hubs, Ringsend Community Services Forum, Inner City Renewal Group, The Anchorage Project, Ringsend & District Response to Drugs, Irish Nautical Trust, Department of Social protection, Dublin City Council, the Fair Play project, City of Dublin Education Training Board and Google Ireland. In 2023, the task force welcomed two new members; the Dublin Port Company and Dublin Waste to Energy. In recognition of the expanding partnership the Employment Task Force in November rebranded to the name – This City Works.

Attendees at the event had the opportunity to meet community representatives and participants in the current Employment Task Force as well as seeing a video showcase of programme case studies. Also announced was the creation of a dedicated website for This City Works at Created by Google, the site is a one stop shop for job seekers and those seeking to enhance their skills or change career path. The site also provides information for businesses seeking staff or for those curious about training and support services in their community.

Blake Hodkinson Director of Further Education – City of Dublin Education Training Board and Employment task force representative, said:

“This City Works is an important initiative, one that brings together people, businesses and community groups to provide support like mentoring and skills training to local unemployed people. I am delighted to be here as we mark the expansion of the programme and would like to officially welcome our two newest members, the Dublin Port Company and Dublin Waste to Energy. This City Works is a fitting new name for this programme, the positive impact we see in the local community is remarkable, this initiative works!”

Community Women in Leadership Program

Google is delighted to announce the third annual offering of the Women in Leadership Program. This six-week program, facilitated and hosted by Google, is designed to inspire women and foster their leadership skills within their communities.

There are 10 spots available in the program. Interested applicants should submit a brief biography and a statement of interest in participating in the program.

Applications can be sent to no later than February Friday 16th.