LABOUR YOUTH AND party representatives will host a public seminar later today at Liberty Hall to discuss the campaign for a ‘Youth Guarantee’ and how to tackle youth unemployment in Ireland.
The Youth Guarantee is a European campaign which would offer every young person a job, further education, or work-focused training at the latest four months after leaving education or after becoming unemployed. Unemployment among those aged under 25 years of age is currently at 30 per cent.
Luke Field, National Vice Chairperson of Labour Youth said the proposed guarantee is a great opportunity to make a tangible and positive difference in the lives of young people across Europe.
“It is easy to see how European economic woes have disproportionately affected young people, and unless something is done soon, many of them will be condemned to long-term employment difficulties creating a huge negative impact on society,” he said.
Commenting ahead of the seminar, Emer Costello, Labour MEP said, “It is critical that European resources are marshaled to reduce youth unemployment. The Youth Guarantee is already a proven success in Austria, and is currently being implemented across other EU member states.”
Costello said she plans to hold further discussions with the European Commission in coming weeks about potential funding avenues.
The public meeting will take place at 2pm today at Connolly Hall, Liberty Hall.