Monday, May 18, 2009

Education drive for unemployed youth

http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0518/education.html

The Department of Social and Family Affairs is encouraging Ireland's 25,000 young unemployed to upskill. Will this encouragement be effective or do the government need to take more effective measures?

2 comments:

Martin Ryan said...

Will this encouragement be effective or do the government need to take more effective measures?

Well, it's a positive step to communicate opportunities to this cohort. The fundamental question is: what upskilling opportunities are available? Are they free? Do they come with a stipend that carries a premmium over jobseekers' allowance? Are they targeted towards future skills needs, or more broadly, even just targeted towards science, eng and tech?

Another question (somewhat wider) is how to do we compare the importance of the concerns mentioned above with the well-flagged concerns about unemployment in the graduate labour market? One suggestion is that bachelor graduates have received relatively greater investment into their human capital. So a case could be made that the young employed have a greater need for resources to be targeted towards them.

Of course, an ideal scenario would be to provide upskilling for all (not just the young) unemployed as well as tackling the looming unemployment problem in the graduate labour market. It is also possible that employment programmes targeted towards graduates could be cost-neutral (assuming there are no costs accruing from crowding-out).

A framework that combines considerations for the (soon-to-be) graduate unemployed, the existing young unemployed and the long-term unemployed could be worth debating.

Liam Delaney said...

guys - lets be clear here - this is a mailshot, nothing more. To make good value of it they should get all of them to sign up for an email account and then email them every day with updates. Much cheaper and potentially much more effective.