Employment and Youth Work

This symposium focused on youth work’s contribution to youth employment and provided an opportunity for participants to discuss this issue. While not youth work’s main role, youth work can and does enable young people to develop the core skills and competences that are valued in the labour market. The symposium provided an opportunity to discuss and debate the fit between this more focused work and the broader purpose of youth work, as well as the resource and support implications.

Speaker inclucded:

Donal Kelly, Youth Work Ireland Tipperary
Donal describeD the challenges and successes encountered in connecting young people directly with potential employment through the “Work Winner” programme which provides locally based work placements.

Bradóg and Sphere17
The lessons learned in developing and implementing a youth employment programme which provides young people with opportunities to develop work related skills and competencies will be shared by both managers and practitioners in this input.

Elaine Nevin - ECO-UNESCO
The focus of Elaine's talk was the approach taken by Ecounesco to develop and provide an employment programme that links to a specific issue, the green economy.

Padraig McGrath Young Carers Project, Carer's Association
Padraig discussed his work in focussing on young people who are at a distance from the labour market due to their role as carers. Specifically, the successful approaches to reducing the gap between young carers and opportunities for progression into work and further education.