Youth Employment & Education
Youth Unemployment has been one of the greatest economic and social challenges facing our country since the recession began. It is widely acknowledged that this has in turn led to a series of other issues such as mental health problems, unemployment, rural isolation and emigration. According to Eurostat, youth unemployment in Ireland stood at 24.4% in September 2014 with the average rate of youth unemployment, year on year from 1983 to 2014 being 18.39%, reaching an all time high of 31.3% in February 2012 and record low of 6.2% in October 2000.
Recent studies by Eurofound have revealed that the economic cost to Ireland of youth unemployment is 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and a value of €3.16 billion. This substantial amount of money should highlight to the government the need for a youth employment strategy. A lot of work and research has been undertaken by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) in the areas of Youth Employment and Unemployment. By working with the NYCI and other agencies, the Rural Youth Committee over the next few months, will formulate policy proposals in these areas.