NYCI was among the first organisations to call for the introduction of a Youth Guarantee in Ireland in 2011. We welcomed the decision of Government to support a Youth Guarantee and their leadership during the Irish EU Presidency in delivering an EU Council recommendation. This recommended that member states guarantee a quality offer of an education, training and/or work experience opportunity to young people who were unemployed for four months or more. We also supported the delivery of the Ballymun Youth Guarantee pilot which ended in December 2014 and which has been positively evaluated. In January 2014 the Government published a National Implementation Plan in order to draw down EU funds for 2014 and 2015.
While we accept the initiative would be phased in over time we are disappointed with the pace of implementation to date. According to the plan the Government was supposed to deliver 28,500 education, training and work experience places in 2014. However, the most recent data from May 2015 https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2015-05-28a.174&s=%22pilot+scheme%22+section%3Awrans#g175.q
indicates that only 23,313 places were provided.
Also we are concerned that only 9,073 young jobseekers https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2015-07-07a.189&s=%22personal+progression+plan%22+section%3Awrans%20-%20g190.q have completed a personal progression plan which is an integral part of the Youth Guarantee.
We are concerned that there is a view that a recovering economy will by itself solve this problem. Some young people will not be able to access the employment available without the education and training promised under the Youth Guarantee. However it is not simply an issue of quantity, the education and training must be of good quality, appropriate to the jobseeker and relevant to the labour market. Too often in the past jobseekers were sent on training courses solely to meet the needs of training providers to fill places. These practices demoralize jobseekers and are a waste of time and money. We need to provide high quality training that responds to the needs of both the jobseekers and the local employers.
Therefore we are calling on the next Government to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and to set out ambitious targets for the delivery of the Youth Guarantee from 2016-2020.
European Court of Auditors told of concerns on implementation of Youth Guarantee in Ireland:
Debate on JobBridge and the Youth Guarantee-Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, November 4th 2015
Youth Guarantee needs reboot
Government needs to deliver on its guarantee, 6th August 2015
Youth Guarantee Factsheet
NYCI/European Youth Forum Roundtable on Youth Guarantee June 2013
Irish National Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan January 2014
Youth Guarantee Plan broadly welcomed by NYCI
NYCI Submission to the Department of Social Protection on the Implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Ireland, November 2013:
Ballymun Youth Guarantee
Ballymun Youth Guarantee Pilot Scheme Evaluation
Policy and Practice Report-Key Learning from the Ballymun Youth Guarantee Pilot
Joint Oireachtas EU Affairs Committee Report on the Youth Guarantee, June 2013
European Commission Youth Guarantee
EU Council Recommendation on establishing a Youth Guarantee