International Youth Conference in Cashel

Youth training and employment schemes in Sweden, Iceland and Manchester could offer ideas to help get Irish young people into employment - ideas were exchanged during a three day international conference at Dundrum House Hotel recently.

Youth training and employment schemes in Sweden, Iceland and Manchester could offer ideas to help get Irish young people into employment - ideas were exchanged during a three day international conference at Dundrum House Hotel recently.

Speaking after the conference, Donal Kelly of the Tipperary Regional Youth Service told The Nationalist that the conference was a great success and they hope to make it an annual event.

Among those who attended were 18 from other European countries and eight Irish youth workers.

“It’s very interesting to hear about the things happening in other countries,” Donal said, “for example in Iceland 98% of young people aged 16 to 18 work during the summer, before leaving school. They are a small country so the attitude everybody has is to pull their weight or the system doesn’t work. They were where we are and have come out the other side.”

Among the Irish speakers at the event were David O’Donnell and Mary O’Keeffe who set out the Irish situation, explaining development schemes and the ‘contract’ a person enters into when they take up Job Seekers benefit.

The conference also looked at the TRYS ‘Work Winner development model, a Swedish development model and the Manchester model ‘Grow Your Own’ which trains troubled kids and brings them on to eventual employment. Studies have shown that for every £1 invested there has been a return to the UK state of £17. The scheme is being rolled out across the UK.

Read our full report on the conference in The Nationalist - on sale Wednesday.