Minister English welcomes new Youth Employability Initiative

Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has welcomed a new Youth Employability Initiative by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and urged interested and qualified groups in Meath to apply.

The €600,000 Initiative will provide grants to voluntary youth services for programmes that target disadvantaged young people to improve their employability.

It will provide one-off grants for Department and Children and Youth Affairs funded organisations, services and projects under the Special Projects for Youth Scheme (SPY), Youth Information Centres (YICs), Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund (YPFSF), Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) and Youth Service Grant Scheme (YSGS).

A Guidance Note and Application Form is available here http://dcya.gov.ie/documents/publications/20151009YouthEmployInitApplicationForm.pdf.

Minister English said: “Over 380,000 young people participate in youth services, programmes and clubs throughout the country. Young people who engage in youth work activities have the opportunity to attain specific skills, which can enhance employability. These skills include learning to learn, social and civic competence, leadership, communication, teamwork, and entrepreneurship.”

The new Youth Employability Initiative will target those young people who are most at risk of unemployment and who are not in education, employment or training and provide programmes for them to enhance these skills.   It is anticipated that up to 20- 25 new youth projects and an estimated 200-300 young people could be assisted under the programme.

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