Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (118)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

118. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason the Government decided to locate the Youth Guarantee within the Department of Social Protection rather than the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; the role the Department of Jobs , Enterprise and Innovation will have in the pilot project and the eventual State-wide Youth Guarantee scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29435/13]

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The reason that the Department of Social Protection (DSP) is taking the lead role in the implementation of the Youth Guarantee Scheme (YGS) is because the YGS is primarily concerned with activating young people, who are not in work, into employment through employment services, work experience, internships, education or training. Given that labour market activation is the primary responsibility of DSP, it is natural that it takes the lead role in the implementation of the YGS and in the pilot project in Ballymun. Ultimately however, the delivery YGS will involve a number of Departments with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI), along with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) having a major role to play. The primary role of DJEI will be to facilitate the creation of job opportunities in general, including for young people. The reforms necessary to realise job creation targets under the auspices of DJEI are outlined in the Action Plan for Jobs.

DJEI do not have any specific role in the Ballymun Pilot. The management structure of the Ballymun project will comprise of a National Steering Group and a Local Implementation Group. The National Steering Group for the Ballymun pilot will consist of a representative from Department Of Social Protection (Chair), the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC), FAS (the national training authority), Department of Education and Skills and the Irish Business and Employers Conference (IBEC).

The Local Implementation Team for the Ballymun pilot will comprise representatives of relevant stakeholders, including the Department of Social Protection, FAS, CDVEC, Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership, Ballymun Job Centre/Local Employment Service Network, EQUAL Youth, North Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Ballymun for Business, and a representative young person (to be identified).