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New Youth Employment Scheme cannot be a repeat of JobBridge – John Brady TD

24 September, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Minister Doherty must ensure careful oversight of the newly launched Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS).

The YESS has been launched today for 18-24 year olds and will commence on October 1st.

Teachta Brady said:

“Despite a continuing fall in the rate of unemployment in recent years, the youth unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high, recorded by the CSO as 13.9% last month.  

"This high unemployment rate has led to calls from bodies such as the National Youth Council of Ireland for appropriate action to be taken by Government for some time now.

“We know that a major barrier to finding employment for many young people can be a lack of experience so any opportunity to make worthwhile work experience available to young people is welcome. The voluntary nature of the scheme launched today is also to be welcomed.

“However, Minister Doherty must ensure that we do not see a repeat of the flawed JobBridge scheme replicated in this new scheme.

"The work experience offered to young people must be properly monitored with appropriate training provided and it must allow participants the opportunity to develop their skills.

“It is absolutely crucial that this scheme works as a stepping stone for young people into the employment market.”

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