Tackling Youth Unemployment in Ireland

Tackling Youth Unemployment in Ireland
Resolution for YFG National Conference 2013, Tower Hotel Waterford
Sunday 24 November
Presented by: Ballina YFG

Recognising:

• That the most imposing challenge faced by young people in Ireland is attaining relevant employment opportunities in the disciplines for which they are qualified to work.
• This challenge is very relevant to YFG membership and our peers, as we are either encountering it as graduates/newly entrants to the workforce or will encounter it once graduating/entering the workforce in the coming years.
• That no other single issue, either social or economic, resonates with or calls for action among YFG members.
• That this, the most active youth party in Ireland, has an opportunity to effectively lobby the government and needs to act quickly to put forward our solutions.
• This government has begun the task with initiatives such as JobsBridge, the national internship programme and reductions in social welfare to incentivise young people who happen to have available employment to take it. Just two (sometimes controversial) examples and Young Fine Gael need to help government achieve more.
• That this is a European-wide problem and we must encourage European wide solutions that incorporate Ireland as well as having our own indigenous policies.
• That many of Government's policies need a more worker centred approach where the needs of the young unemployed are brought to the fore and not just the macro needs of business.

Acknowledging:

• That active campaigning on the development of youth employment opportunities will ensure government stay on task in tackling this issue.
• This is a European problem, and that Ireland can become the leading country in directly tackling this epidemic in the same way as we are the leading nation emerging from bailout programmes. We can lead in reducing the average of 25% youth unemployment across Europe by initiating policies that tackle our own high rate that exceeds the EU average currently.
• That adoption of effective and practical policies can mean that this generation, and those following, can enjoy the fruits of our extensive investment in education and training through obtaining relevant employment in our chosen field, here in Ireland.

YFG calls on:

• The incoming YFG National Executive to allow the membership to campaign on this issue at the earliest opportunity.
• That a dedicated national meeting of YFG will be held to formulate policy ideas and campaign strategies that will annex best possible results in a constructive manner.
• That a dedicated Youth Employment Committee will be advertised to members and established with duties of policy generation and refinement, campaign strategy, membership mobilisation and overview of campaign delivery locally and nationally.
• YFG's International Committee to work with the committee to further our aims and objectives at an EU level.
• The Government to ensure all public contracts are awarded to private companies with a requirement to employ newly qualified apprentices of three years, newly qualified graduates in the area of Law, HR, Finance, etc.
• The Government to introduce incentives for employers to employ persons under 30.
• That the Minister for Education introduce a minimum of work experience component (comprising of 10% of final results)for all undergraduate third level degrees to ensure students are prepared for entry to the workplace.
• That the IDA encourage a policy for foreign direct investment companies to employ a quota of new Irish graduates.
• That employment legislation be introduced to ensure the cessation of public sector institutions re-hiring retired personnel to complete part-time employment where the employment does not require vast experience and expertise.

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