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Youth Unemployment - Key Recommendations - News - Young Fine Gael

Youth Unemployment - Key Recommendations

Young Fine Gael today launched our Youth Unemployment Document Exiting the Crisis, Preparing for the Future and will be calling for a Minister of State to be given special responsibility for Youth Employment ahead of the cabinet reshuffle in the summer. 

Key Recommendations

Government
1. That An Taoiseach should appoint a Minister of State for Youth Employment and Enterprise Affairs.

Education
1. Mandatory work placement for third level students to ensure that third level students have more practical experience leaving education.
2. More emphasis on multilingualism to help improve our students compete in a more globalised world.
3. Mandatory Leaving Cert or Leaving Cert Applied before leaving post-primary education to level the field and make sure that all students get the best start.
4. Develop a comprehensive system in place for young people out of work based on best practice to help tailor plans that best suit the young person.

Young Farmers
1. Incentivised funding for young farmers with a Green Cert to guarantee the highest standard of farming.
2. All funding should be accompanied by mentoring to ensure that young farmers get the most out of funding.

Youth Entrepreneurship
1. Promote entrepreneurship alongside volunteering and multilingualism within the education system.
2. Ensure that those who are self-employed have equal access to the Social Welfare scheme.
3. Develop a fair business society where failure is allowed so that businesses and individuals are able to grow and learn.

Welfare
1. Introduce a system of mutual obligation into the social welfare system.
2. Offer tax incentives to companies who hire long-term unemployed young people.

Tax System
1. Lower businesses costs by introducing an Earned Income Tax Credit for low paid workers.

Childcare
1. Expansion and full investment in the Teen Parents Support Programme
2. Extension of the UCD Childcare scheme across the third level sector

A full copy of our policy proposals to reduce youth unemployment can be viewed at www.yfg.ie/images/yfg_ideas.pdf

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