The Irish Presidency managed to secure the commitment of all member states to the Youth Guarantee. It will give young people under the age of 25 the chance of training or a new job within four months of their becoming unemployed.Download:
The Contribution of Quality Youth WorkDownload:
Maximizing the Potential of Youth Policy
Time to go? A Qualitative Research Study Exploring the Experience and Impact of Emigration on Ireland’s Youth
By interviewing young people who have emigrated to the UK and to Canada
about their experience, the study explores:
1. Where are Irish youth emigrating to and why?
2. How are they settling into life in their host country?
3. What are the challenges they have encountered on this journey?
4. What supports would have made their move easier?
5. Do they envisage returning home in the next 5 years if the economy improves?
We note that the Convention is focusing on extending to the voting age to 17, however, our submission puts forward the arguments in favour of reducing the voting age to 16 which is consistent with NYCI’s campaign Vote@16 and in line with other EU member states.
Related information, with video of the convention is available at www.voteat16.ie
The youth guarantee would offer a young person aged 18 to 24 a job, work experience, apprenticeship, training or combined work and training within a defined period of time after leaving school or becoming unemployed.
It is recommended by the European Commission that the youth guarantee should be offered to young people within 4 months of becoming unemployed.Download:
The results of the cost-benefit assessment of the economic value of youth work presented in this study suggest that the public funding provided by the State for youth work services represents value for money.
The submission focuses on a number of key issues and makes recommendations to advance the objectives of the work. The submission outlines our views on the following:
- The values and principles underpinning Irish Aid’s work
- The importance of focusing on youth/young people in Irish Aid’s programmes
- The importance of consultation with young people around issues that affect them
- Recognition of the role of youth work for achieving key targets
- Continued and strengthened support for development education in Ireland in both non-formal and formal education sectors
- The need to address the issue of youth unemployment
- Recognition and support for volunteering
- The promotion the contribution of the business sector to development
- A whole Government approach to development policy and for coherence at a policy level
- Reaching the UN target on overseas aid
Children First Heads of Bill: NYCI Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children
Date of presentation: 9th May 2012
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) was invited to present to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children today to respond to the Heads of the Children First Bill published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.
NYCI raised a number of issues about the implications of the Bill, in particular for those who work in the youth work sector, including:
- The importance of clarity around reporting thresholds
- Provision for volunteers and affiliated groups or regionally structured organisations
Linking of forthcoming Garda vetting legislation
Download full text of presentation below:
Also listed is the Full Submission.
Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on Unemployment and Youth
Date of presentation: 25 April 2012
NYCI Research and Consultation with Young Jobseekers
NEES (Employment and Entitlements Service Employment and Entitlements Service)
SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanunaigh agus Scileanna)
Importance of internships
Policy, Reports and Submissions