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Monday, October 8, 2018 - 11:00

Youth Council renews calls to invest €2m in Access to Apprenticeships Programme to support youth employment


We need the development of, and investment in, an access apprenticeships programme to support young people with fewer opportunities and qualifications. That was the message from James Doorley, National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Deputy Director, speaking in advance of Budget 2019.

In its Pre Budget 2019 submission ‘Future Proof with Investment in Youth’ the NYCI, which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide, is calling for an investment of €22 million to halve long-term youth unemployment by the end of 2019.

Almost 8,000 young people long term unemployed

The latest figures from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection show that almost 8,000 young people under 26 are unemployed for 12 months or more, a figure the Youth Council says is still far too high. [1]

“While we welcome job growth in the Irish economy and the consistent trend of reduced youth unemployment we are concerned about the 7,817 young people under 26 who are now long-term unemployed (for 12 months or more). We have costed a number of measures to help reduce this figure by half in 2019,” said Mr Doorley.

Access to apprenticeships

“Among these measures, we are proposing that €2m is invested in an access to apprenticeship programme. We welcome the growth in apprenticeships in the last number of years. The number of apprentices in training in 2017 was 12,849, up from 10,445 in 2016 [2] driven by a 53% increase in the number of new entrants between 2015 and 2017 [3]. And we support the overall Government commitment to double the number of new entrants by 2020 to 9,000 per annum with the introduction of a range of new apprenticeships including in areas such as animation, horticulture and healthcare.”[4] continued Mr Doorley.

 

“As we expand the number and range of apprenticeships, however, it is vital that these opportunities remain open to all young people, in particular young people who are economically and socially disadvantaged and those who have limited formal qualifications.

“We propose the expansion of the existing pilot programmes such as the DIT ‘Access to Apprenticeship’ programme and the development of other schemes around the country to provide supports and address barriers, which may prevent disadvantaged young people from opting for and being able to sustain an apprenticeship, with a particular focus on the long term unemployed,” explained Mr Doorley.

“For example, the entrance criteria for some apprenticeships now require qualifications to a certain level in some subjects. Where a young person has the motivation and aptitude for a trade but cannot meet these entrance criteria, an access programme can assist the young applicant to meet the entry requirements. Likewise, such access programmes could promote the greater participation of young women in apprenticeships, which is very low at present at just over 1%”[5] added Mr Doorley.

“The Government rightly spends over €31m [6] supporting access to Higher Education, therefore we believe our proposal is a modest yet necessary measure to assist young people with fewer opportunities to avail of the growing number of apprenticeships available at present. This €2m investment would be part of the overall €22m additional investment in Budget 2019 which NYCI recommends in order to halve the number of young people long-term unemployed by the end of 2019. We propose the provision of an additional 2,650 education and training places which will cost €20m based on the average cost of a SOLAS training place of €7,578.” [7]

Net cost only €6m

“€22 million is the gross cost, as this investment would lead to reduced social welfare payments as more young people move into employment. For example, if we assume 50% or there were 2,650 fewer young people on €107.70, the lowest rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance, this would save just over €14m per annum, so the estimated net cost would be €6m,” concluded Mr Doorley.

Alongside access to apprenticeships, the NYCI Pre-Budget 2019 submission details a range of costed measures and calls for action on:

  • enhancing youth work services
  • halving long term youth unemployment
  • equality for young jobseekers
  • working to end youth homelessness

Youth population over 1 million

“Census 2016 indicates that our population aged 10-24 years will increase to over one million by 2025, so we need to invest in policies, services and supports to meet the needs of young people today, while preparing for demographic pressures in the coming years,” concluded Mr Doorley.

The full NYCI Pre-Budget 2019 Submission ‘Future Proof with Investment in Youth’ can be found here: http://www.youth.ie/sites/youth.ie/files/NYCI%20Pre%20Budget%20Submission%20WEB_FINAL.pdf

ENDS

 

Contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI 087 781 4903 or communications@nyci.ie (main NYCI line: 01 478 4122)

 

Notes to Editors:


National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.

 

Sources:
[1] Dáil Éireann, Parliamentary Question:

Written Answer on : 04/10/2018
Question Number(s):236,237 Question Reference(s):40490/18, 40491/18
Department: Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Asked by: Thomas P. Broughan T.D.

[2] Dáil Éireann, Parliamentary Questions 114, 117-119, 18th January 2018

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-01-18a.295

[3] Dáil Éireann, Parliamentary Question 79, 22nd March 2018, https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-03-22a.192

[4] https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/PR17-12-08.html

[5] Dáil Éireann, Parliamentary Question 79, March 22nd 2018

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-03-22a.192

[6] Dáil Éireann, Parliamentary Question 85, June 13th 2018

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-06-13a.166

[7] https://www.welfare.ie/en/downloads/Youth-Guarantee-Implementation-Plan.pdf pp26

QUESTION



* To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, jobseeker's benefit and signing for credits for 12 months or more; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

- Thomas P. Broughan T.D.


For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 4 October, 2018.

* To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, jobseeker's benefit and signing for credits for six months by county in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

- Thomas P. Broughan T.D.


For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 4 October, 2018.

REPLY

 

Jobseeker's Allowance

 

 

 

 

County

<3mths

3-6mths

6-12mths

> 12 Mths

Carlow

105

58

92

166

Cavan

76

62

80

182

Clare

118

63

99

166

Cork

365

221

312

523

Donegal

273

166

250

447

Dublin

1,238

729

1,055

1,690

Galway

173

110

193

346

Kerry

146

78

132

209

Kildare

160

115

205

249

Kilkenny

62

50

81

129

Laois

90

87

111

214

Leitrim

50

26

40

70

Limerick

242

155

235

469

Longford

89

37

66

140

Louth

226

141

198

311

Mayo

98

78

122

218

Meath

98

70

105

204

Monaghan

55

42

60

79

Offaly

119

90

112

215

Roscommon

42

44

53

118

Sligo

78

45

78

102

Tipperary

244

160

231

403

Waterford

186


138

148

273

Westmeath

151

80

131

233

Wexford

211

143

214

412

Wicklow

105

73

97

194

 

Jobseeker's Benefit

 

 

 

 

County

<3mths

3-6mths

6-12mths

>12Mths

Carlow

24

9

4

0

Cavan

15

8

3

0

Clare

31

8

4

0

Cork

100

54

26

1

Donegal

43

14

17

4

Dublin

368

166

73

4

Galway

67

20

8

3

Kerry

47

15

8

3

Kildare

52

19

11

1

Kilkenny

4

9

6

0

Laois

15

15

5

0

Leitrim

15

2

2

1

Limerick

63

27

10

0

Longford

13

6

1

0

Louth

39

18

5

0

Mayo

19

15

14

1

Meath

21

16

2

0

Monaghan

15

5

2

0

Offaly

24

14

5

1

Roscommon

9

8

6

0

Sligo

10

4

4

2

Tipperary

55

9

10

0

Waterford

43

30

8

0

Westmeath

22

11

6

0

Wexford

49

18

14

2

Wicklow

37

20

3

1

 

Credits Only

 

 

 

 

County

<3mths

3-6mths

6-12mths

>12Mths

Carlow

1

 

 

 

Cavan

 

 

 

 

Clare

 

 

2

 

Cork

4

3

2

2

Donegal

1

1

1

2

Dublin

15

6

11

3

Galway

2

1

 

1

Kerry

2

3

5

 

Kildare

2

2

1

2

Kilkenny

2

1

 

 

Laois

 

1

 

 

Leitrim

1

1

 

1

Limerick

 

 

 

 

Longford

1

 

1

 

Louth

 

1

 

1

Mayo

1

1

 

 

Meath

2

1

 

1

Monaghan

1

 

 

 

Offaly

3

 

2

 

Roscommon

 

1

 

 

Sligo

 

 

 

 

Tipperary

 

1

1

8

Waterford

1

2

2

3

Westmeath

2

 

 

1

Wexford

1

1

1

4

Wicklow

3

2

2

2

 

Kind regards,

 

Daniel Meister


Communications Manager

National Youth Council of Ireland
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