Employers must engage with the Government’s new Youth Guarantee plan in order get more young people into the workforce, according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Today’s publication of the Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan gives an overview of the various incentives and schemes in place that will allow firms to offer employment, education and traineeships to under 25s who are unemployed.
According to Gina Quin, chief executive of Dublin Chamber: “It is important that the business community does all it can to shape training programs and create opportunities for young people to get to work. The Government’s measures to address this problem will only work if businesses are able to design and integrate the programmes that work for them. The Implementation Plan consolidates the ‘menu’ of supports which will help businesses.”
As part of the educating businesses about the programmes, Dublin Chamber – working with Dublin City Council as part of the Activating Dublin initiative – is organising a session to highlight how businesses have already begun to use the government supports. The session, which is being run in collaboration with Ibec, will showcase some of the private sector best practice of youth activating that exists in Ireland with presentations from Tesco, Microsoft, Eishtec and Green Shield Security.
Quin said: “A cornerstone of Dublin Chamber’s Activating Dublin initiative has been a commitment to improve employment outcomes for young people. I would encourage businesses all over the country to support the Government’s Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan and to do what they can to help the youth of Ireland find work.”
Activating Dublin is working with the Department of Social Protection particularly on the Youth Guarantee Pilot in Ballymun. Paul Carroll, Chair of the Ballymun Youth Guarantee Pilot said: “Building links with employers and ensuring that the guidance and training elements of the Youth Guarantee are tailored to the needs of the labour market is essential.
“The Youth Guarantee pilot in Ballymun, which is bringing together all the key stakeholders in one of the country’s most severely disadvantaged areas, has a very important role to play in informing the roll out of the national scheme and showcasing how businesses are delivering programmes to get young people back to work,” added Carroll.