Youth Council calls for action on youth unemployment
Latest figures show 45% signing on for a year or more Over 9,000 for 3 years or more*
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is hosting an event today (12.06.13) to look at ways of tackling youth unemployment and in particular how to make the Youth Guarantee scheme a reality for young jobseekers.
“Of the 61,767 young people on the live register at the end of April, 45% were signing on for one year or more. Over 9,000 were signing on for at least 3 years. It is clear that it’s time for action and a Youth Guarantee, if funded and properly implemented, is one concrete measure which can provide hope for young jobseekers and a pathway to work,” stated James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.
The Youth Guarantee is a scheme that would ensure young people on the live register for four months or more have an opportunity of employment, education or training.
“We welcome the progress made on the Youth Guarantee during the Irish Presidency of the EU, but now it’s time to start the work on implementation here at home and ensure that this doesn’t drop off the agenda,” continued Mr Doorley.
The event entitled ‘Youth Guarantee: From Vision to Reality’ taking place today (12.06.13) in the Woodquay Venue, Dublin, has been organised by the NYCI in partnership with the European Youth Forum to bring together representatives of Government Departments, members of the Oireachtas, state agencies, youth workers, youth and community organizations, academics and think tanks to look at practical responses to youth unemployment and in particular the implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme.
“Implementing tailor made employment schemes for young people, and investing in youth work and youth organisations in order to reach out to marginalised youth may not be cheap, but youth unemployment is much more costly. If we don’t take effective action now we will bankrupt Europe’s future. The youth guarantee is not therefore a quick fix solution, nor is it a re-packaging of existing measures already provided for young people” stated Peter Matjašič, President of the European Youth Forum.
The Youth Guarantee is also being discussed in the Seanad today (12.06.13) at 1pm.
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.
NYCI Infographic Factsheet: Youth Guarantee
The NYCI was among the first in Ireland to recommend examination of a youth guarantee scheme in February 2011