Youth Guarantee Agencies

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The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) has been identified as the lead co-ordinating organisation for the Youth Guarantee, and as the central point for communication with the European Commission in relation to the guarantee in Ireland.

The Department has responsibility for the Public Employment Service, activation of the unemployed and the payment of social welfare payments to jobseekers. These three services were previously provided by separate agencies but are now integrated within the Department and are provided under the service name Intreo.

The Department delivers activities to promote active participation in society through the provision of income supports, employment services and other services for a wide range of clients. The functions of the Department which have relevance to the Youth Guarantee are to:

  • Advise Government and formulate appropriate social protection and social inclusion policies;
  • Design, develop and deliver, via Intreo, effective and cost-efficient income supports, activation and employment services, advice to customers and other related services;
  • Ensure that the payment of income supports to young people who do not have a job is directly linked to the equally important task of encouraging and supporting such young people in the pursuit of employment and related opportunities and improving their life chances;
  • Provide a range of employer services via Intreo, including recruitment services, online vacancy publication, recruitment incentives (e.g. JobBridge, JobsPlus).

The main partner bodies, working alongside DEASP, in the central administration are:

  • Department of Education & Skills (DES), and its relevant agencies including SOLAS (see below) and the Higher Education Authority. DES has statutory responsibility for the funding provision and content of education and training programmes;
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (DJEI), responsible for job creation strategies which will provide jobs for young people, including through the promotion of entrepreneurship;
  • Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA), responsible for state policy and provision on youth work services, and for securing good educational and welfare outcomes for young people through the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB);
  • Department of Public Expenditure & Reform (DPER), responsible for overseeing exchequer funding and ensuring that Youth Guarantee-related programmes will be thoroughly evaluated and will provide value for money.
  • SOLAS, the new Further Education and Training (FET) Authority in Ireland. It is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes for delivery through regional Education and Training Boards (ETBs). DEASP can act as a broker between unemployed clients and Solas and has a significant input into the planning of programmes co-ordinated by Solas. Solas is responsible for developing an FET Strategy and for monitoring its implementation.

National partners to be invited to participate in the delivery and/or review of the Guarantee include:

  • The Irish Business & Employers’ Confederation (IBEC) The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
  • The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI)
  • The Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) – the representative body of Local Development Companies, who inter alia run the Local Employment Service (LES) in areas of high disadvantage.
  • The newly established Labour Market Council (LMC), a council composed of senior business leaders, academics, representatives of employers and trade unions and other advocacy groups.
  • Skillnets – An employer sponsored and state funded not–for–profit organisation focused on the development and delivery of workplace training programmes including training programmes for unemployed jobseekers.
  • Business In the Community (BITC) – An employer-led association which promotes Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives among employers.
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – The representative and professional development body for the HR community in Ireland and the UK.
Last modified:07/11/2014

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