NYCI held a one day National Youth Employment Conference on October 5th 2010 at Croke Park, Dublin.
Young people under 25 years have been badly hit by the recession with youth unemployment trebling since 2008 with 1 in 3 young men under 25 out of work. The scale of the problem is masked by a big increase in numbers re-entering or staying in education and the numbers emigrating. Government has a crucial role, but youth unemployment will not be solved by them alone. This conference is designed to bring together young jobseekers, the youth and community sector, representatives of state agencies, policy makers and academics to discuss the current experiences, barriers and challenges to develop proposals for positive action.
Keynote Speakers included:
Professor Paul Gregg, Professor of Economics, Centre for Market and Public Organisation at Bristol University
Developments in the UK to address youth unemployment in the last decade and proposals to reform the welfare and employment services system:
Jim Power, Chief Economist, Friends First
Government policy to date and outline of what can be done to support job creation, particularly among young people in the current economic environment.
Three workshops took place throughout the afternoon covering the areas of:
*Employment Services & Welfare
*Further Education & Training
*Entrepreneurships and Internships
In addition a panel discussion with political representatives was chaired by journalist and broadcaster Vincent Browne, giving participants the opportunity to speak directly to political parties in a Q&A session.