Written answers

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Department of Social Protection

Youth Guarantee

Photo of Derek NolanDerek Nolan (Galway West, Labour)
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143. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide an estimated timeframe for when the youth guarantee scheme will be implemented; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48051/14]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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Implementation of the Youth Guarantee is a medium-term policy of the Irish Government. It is envisaged that the guarantee as it affects those aged under 18 years will be implemented within 2 years, i.e. by the end of 2015. The guarantee of an offer of training, education or work experience for those aged 18-24 years after a four month period should be implemented on a phased basis.

Starting in 2014, and for completion by the end of 2015, processes and programmes will be progressively rolled out to ensure that all of those young unemployed people who need most support (i.e. are assessed as having a low probability of securing employment in the absence of support from the Public Employment Services) will receive a Youth Guarantee offer within four months.

These new and existing initiatives will provide 28,000 plus places for unemployed young people during 2014 (this figure excludes apprenticeship and PLC places).

Approximately 20,400 of these places had been taken up at the end of November. The table appended to this reply details the total take-up for the year-to-date, together with the estimate for full-year intake provided in the Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan.

Some of the initiatives planned under the guarantee required primary legislation to allow positive discrimination on age grounds in the provision of employment services and supports. This legislation was enacted as part of the Social Welfare Bill over the summer. Two schemes in particular, the Youth Guarantee developmental internship programme and the JobsPlus variant for young people (supporting young unemployed at risk of becoming long-term unemployed who have been signing on the Live Register for 4 months), were dependent on this legislation being passed. These schemes were announced in November and will be implemented in full during 2015. The legislation also permits the introduction of earlier and more intensive engagement by INTREO with the young unemployed that should also translate increased placement on schemes covered by the Youth Guarantee. Processes to give effect to this engagement are currently being implemented by the Department.

ProgrammeExpected full-year intake2014 YTDNote
Youthreach/CTC3,3003,505CTC starters – including Youthreach 1,800 persons
JobBridge (including developmental internship)5,0002,939As of end November 2014
Tús1,0001,410As of end November 2014
JobsPlus1,500357As of end November 2014
Momentum2,000631As of end November 2014
BTEA (excl Momentum)3,3002,319As of 14th October 2014
BTWEA200139Including 5 persons on STEA
VTOS500672Estimated U25 unemployed entrants
FAS/Solas95007,677Based on SST, Traineeship, Bridging & LTI starters as of end November 2014
CEB youth Entrepreneurship Training and Mentoring supports700Not yet commenced
CEB/MFI micro-loans for young people1502As of 31st August 2014
International Work Experience and Training250At client selection process
Gateway450173As of end November 2014
Community Employment500558As of end November 2014
Total28,35020,382Excluding where figures are not available

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