Youth Council calls for action plan on youth employment

Ireland’s National Youth Council expressed concern over the high rate of youth unemployment in the country ahead of a meeting with government ministers today.

The National Youth Council represents organizations working with more than 380,000 young people across the country.

The group renewed its calls for a long-term government plan to tackle the problem ahead of its first youth employment roundtable with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and ministers Simon Harris and Roderic O’Gorman.

James Doorley, NYCI deputy director, said that while youth unemployment has declined from very high levels at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, recent figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 25.6% of young people assets are out of work.

Mr Doorley said the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the employment prospects of many young people.

“It is now essential that the government, in collaboration with all stakeholders, including the youth sector, develop an action plan on youth employment as we enter the recovery phase in the event of a pandemic. “, did he declare.

“It is vital that we give young people hope, but also options and opportunities to return to work,” he added.

NYCI will be joined by its member organizations Youth Work Ireland and Foróige, which are implementing a number of youth employment and employability projects across the country, in today’s discussions.

Since the start of the pandemic, Doorley said the NYCI has called on the government to develop and implement an action plan on youth employment.

“This plan should include a credible and costed package to support young job seekers in education, training, apprenticeship and employment and fund the youth sector and others to engage with them. further removed from the labor market, ”he said.

“The government aims to reduce youth unemployment to less than 12.5% ​​by 2023, we believe we can meet and exceed this target, but only with a plan, coordination and additional investments,” he said. -he adds.