The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the agreement on the proposed Youth Guarantee scheme reached at the EU's Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers today (28.02.13).
“The NYCI has been a long time advocate of a youth guarantee – which would ensure young people on the live register for four months or more will automatically be directed into employment, education or training,” said James Doorley, NYCI deputy director.
“The youth guarantee scheme is not a panacea, but it is an important first step – it could work in Ireland, if a number of conditions are satisfied,” continued Mr Doorley.
“Firstly, it needs to be properly resourced to ensure we have sufficient high quality education, training and job experience places.
“Secondly, the Government will have to provide incentives to employers to take on young people who have participated in the scheme.
“Thirdly, we need additional measures to support young people who are long-term unemployed – who make up almost half of the young people on the live register – to avoid the weaknesses identified in the scheme in other countries where it already exists, including Finland and Sweden,” added Mr Doorley.
Number of young people in Ireland at work down almost 10%
“CSO figures released yesterday indicate that employment increased by 0.1% in 2012. However, while there were increases in employment in older age groups, these were offset by the significant decreases recorded in the 20-24 (-12,800 or -9.3%) and 25-34 (-8,900 or -1.7%) age groups,”* said Mr Doorley.
“So it is clear that we need to address youth unemployment with practical solutions, sooner rather than later. A positive first step would be the successful implementation of the youth guarantee,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
* CSO: Quarterly National Household Survey (Quarter 4 2012), released 27.2.13:
** NYCI Infographic Factsheet : Youth Guarantee
National Youth Council of Ireland
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
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