With 36.5% youth unemployment, 55,000 young people under 25 on PUP and almost 29,000 on the live register, more needs to be done
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents groups working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has expressed disappointment at the measures contained in the Budget to deal with the high levels of youth unemployment.
Reacting to the budget James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director said: “Ministers Donohue and McGrath both noted and accepted the impact of the pandemic on the job prospects of young people and the high levels of youth unemployment in their budget speeches. But the actual measures contained in the Budget to deal with the challenge was disappointing, given the scale and scope of the problem.
“We have 36.5% youth unemployment, the number of young people under 25 on the PUP stands at 55,000 and there is a further cohort of almost 29,000 on the live register (up 6,000 since March 2020).
“We welcome the extra 10,000 places in education and training and an expansion of the apprenticeship incentivisation scheme on top of existing measures. We also note the announcement of a further €10m in activation measures by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
“However, with 83,000 young people out of work, these measures in our view are insufficient. It must be remembered that the additional 10,000 places are for jobseekers of all ages and with demand high, we are very concerned that there will not be enough supports and places for all young people who need them.
“We know from past recessions that the best policy is to keep young people “close to the labour market” by supporting them to reorient their career and furthering their education, upskilling and retraining in sectors where there is demands for worker. We are concerned that without such measures, thousands of young people are facing many grim months unemployed and on the reduced PUP payments with limited options and opportunities,” concluded Mr Doorley.
CONTACT: Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI firstname.lastname@example.org 087 781 4903