The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) met with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on Unemployment and Youth.
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NYCI Assistant Director, James Doorley raised a number of issues around NEES (Employment and Entitlements Service Employment and Entitlements Service); SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanunaigh agus Scileanna); the importance of internships for young people and the feasibility of a Youth Guarantee.
Mr Doorley concluded by saying:
"Unemployment is our greatest economic and social ill which impacts not only on the individual but their families, communities and our society as a whole. We shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of 80s and early 1990s where 1,000s of people drifted into long term unemployment.
Our work and the evidence on the ground indicates that the vast majority of young jobseekers want to work, start a career and contribute to society. It is vital that we create jobs and create the conditions for employment.
But equally in light of scarce resources it is crucial that the public employment services are fit for purpose and are supporting employability and employment. That can only be achieved with an effective and co-ordinated public employment service that responds to the needs to jobseekers and that is in a position to provide timely advice and guidance, appropriate training and education places and work experience opportunities which will help achieve that."