Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has today launched two new programmes to help young jobseekers return to work and training.
The programmes are expected to benefit 3,500 young jobseekers in 2015.
First Steps and JobsPlus Youth were announced today by Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister of State Kevin Humphreys.
First Steps will offer young jobseekers aged between 18 and 25 the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and training with the help of dedicated assistance from Department of Social Protection case officers. The target is to provide up to 2,000 work experience placements of six or nine months’ duration for young jobseekers during 2015.
JobsPlus Youth is an expansion of the JobsPlus employer incentive scheme, and will see employers receive cash grants to assist with wage costs when they hire young people from the Live Register. It is expected to support 1,500 young jobseekers return to work this year.
Details of the Jobs Plus Scheme are available here.
The Tánaiste said: Through the Department’s Pathways to Work strategy, we have made a focused effort to reduce youth unemployment. That work has paid off, with a significant reduction in youth unemployment from 31% in 2012 at the height of the crisis to 21.6% at end of 2014. But that is still far too high. While the recovering economy will vastly improve the prospects for many young people leaving school and college, others will still find it hard to take that first step onto the employment ladder. The purpose of First Steps and JobsPlus Youth is to give them that opportunity.
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