My Experiences of being at my second European youth conferences as the Irish repasentive on youth employment was a very positive experience. I was really looking forward to the event as I feel it was a great opportunity to share my thoughts and indeed the thoughts of the youth of Ireland. Also give an insight as to what is happening in Ireland around certain initiatives ie the “youth garintee” Irelands take on this initiative took the panal by surprise and aslo the rest of the delegation, I found the feedback quite interesting.
I met some amazing like minded people who also have the drive and determination to try and influences decisions on what is happening in there countries and indeed try to encourage the government to stop talking and act now as youth employment is a grown concern at a national and international level, this hole idea of the media and the government saying we have a action plan for jobs and its all going to be fine and the young people who will be future leaders have nothing to worrie about. I personally find this quite laughable because according to the panal that we had deccesions with on Friday is that the future is quite bleek youth employment is going to get worse before it gets better this I feel is quite frightening.
Equal opportunities came up quite a lot over the 3 days it would seem that employers tend to over look the skill level of young people under the age of 30 who have Experience now this experience would be from non-formal education that they have built up over a number of years however this is not recognised by the labour market or employers all because its classed as not haveing “real experience of working in a shop or office etc”.It then comes down to #youthincrisis all because they are not giving the chance to prove they can work hard and be good at it. I hear it all to often where young people apply for a job and all they get back is sorry you’re experience is not relevant to this position.
What is being asked for is that quality and sustainable employment is a high priority, internships that last 6 months and then there is no job after it this not ok, job bridge where company’s are exploding people and having them work full time hours for just an extra €50 is not ok we need to invest in Sustainable jobs I think its safe to say our government take on this is a failed attempt and young people have certainly lost alot of respect in them for that but not only that it is a huge confidence knock for young people who can’t get employment and have tired and tired.
A quote that I has really stuck with me form the event was “there is a job of every person and a person for every job”
I feel in the last year not much has happened in Ireland in relation to youth employment, sustainability is hard to come by, may I add a personal story, I’ve not being able to get a job I feel I have the soft skills and quite a lot of experience but this doesn’t seem to make any difference! Why??? I now plan on actively following up on what was discussed at this event I feel I could influence some decisions, if I approach it in the correct way.
I would like to thank the National youth council of Ireland for choosing me as there representative for this event.
I hope you like this blog and find it some what intoresting and imforative. As always if you have any questions or feedback about this blog post please do get in touch.