We have undertaken considerable work on the issue of youth unemployment for many years, in particularly since the onset of the economic crisis. We welcome the recent reductions in youth unemployment from an all-time high of 31.6% in February 2012 to 19.7% in the most recent October 2015 figures. However youth unemployment is still over twice the pre-crisis rate of 8-9% recorded in 2007 and there are also 18,500 young people under 25 years who are long term unemployed (have been in receipt of Jobseekers payments for one year or more). Apart from our work on reducing youth unemployment, we also advocate for measures to tackle precarious work such as poor quality internships, temporary work, zero hour contracts, etc.
At the onset of the crisis we published two reports, the first “The Forgotten Generation” detailing the experience and views of young people dealing with unemployment and engagement with the Public Employment Services.
The second report “Creating a New Future for Young Jobseekers” set out NYCI’s proposals on how to tackle the youth unemployment crisis
In July 2014 in partnership with the Centre for Effective Services, Foróige and Youth Work Ireland we hosted the Enhancing the Contribution of Youth Organisations to Youth Employment Seminar. The overriding purpose of this event was for participants to exchange views, identify key opportunities and consider barriers and obstacles to improving the labour market prospects of young people.
We have worked on the following issues;