Government ‘working hard’ to provide young with options

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“Tánaiste Joan Burton has said youth unemployment is a ‘very important issue’ and that the Government was working hard to provide young people with positive options. She was commenting after an OECD report found that …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Why JobBridge promotes unemployment

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2013 by steve

“The JobBridge scheme has now been extended so that employers may have access to state-subsidised labour for up to 18 months. This extension makes plain what was only previously suggested – that the scheme is part of a wider, deliberate, effort to depress the economy …” (more)

[Simon McGarr,, 19 September]

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The dole queue or the departure lounge? This is the choice Ireland’s youth is facing

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2013 by steve

“Last week’s CSO figures confirmed what anyone working with Irish students and graduates already knows – the recent fall in the Live Register owes more to the emigration of 35,000 of our best and brightest than it does to new job creation …” (more)

[, 3 September]

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Third Level Fees and the Long Term Unemployed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 2nd, 2012 by steve

Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of waiving all fees associated with higher and third level education for the long term unemployed …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 1 May]

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Higher Education Grants and unemployment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to develop initiatives to increase access to further higher level education for the unemployed; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 4 May]

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Unemployment and Education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2010 by steve

“The CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey can be used to give an insight into the employment performance of the population when divided by educational attainment. This graph uses the most recent QNHS release which gave data up to Q3 2010 …” (more)

[Seamus Coffey, Economic Incentives, 21 December]


Free university courses for unemployed proposed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 25th, 2009 by steve

UK“The unemployed and those on short-term contracts should be allowed to take part-time university courses for free, vice-chancellors urged ministers today. Jobseeker’s allowance claimants and those forced to cut their hours because of the recession face upfront tuition fees of several hundred pounds a year if they decide to study for higher education qualifications part-time. Million+, the group representing post-92 universities, is arguing that claimants and short-time workers should have their fees waived. This would cost the government £400m but it estimated that savings on benefits and the extra taxes paid by more skilled employees could produce revenues of £523m …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 24 March]

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Up to 70,000 graduates on dole by end of year

Posted in Life on February 10th, 2009 by steve

“Up to 70,000 professionals with third level qualifications will be out of a job by the end of the year, new figures predict. The crisis will hit surveyors, teachers, architects, lawyers, arts, health professionals, media, business and other graduates. The shock prediction is revealed in an action plan to tackle unemployment which has been drawn up by FAS, the training and employment authority. The plan comes days after Taoiseach Brian Cowen warned that the jobless total could reach 400,000 by December. Labour market experts say one in five will be graduates …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 February]


Colleges may put on courses for the unemployed

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2009 by steve

“In a new government action plan, third-level colleges will be asked to provide places and a broad range of courses for the growing number of unemployed, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe said yesterday. A Cabinet subcommittee will report shortly to Taoiseach Brian Cowen on how the universities and particularly the 14 institutes of technology could play a role in retraining and upskilling …” (more)

[Séan Flynn, Irish Times, 31 January]

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