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Youth Employment

One of the most important things that effects any young person’s life is their job. Ireland has come through a challenging period in relation to employment, and one section of the population that was hit hard was our young people. Here in Youth Work Ireland Tipperary we work constantly to ensure that young people are supported to learn new skills, develop their interests and talents and are supported to make the most of any employment opportunity that might come their way. All of our projects and programmes identify improved employment opportunities as an outcomes, either explicitly or implicitly, and we pro-actively develop and deliver specific employment support projects to give young people that extra support if they are unemployed or at risk of early school leaving or unemployment. We have identified that the youth work approach and a particular focus on individualised supports and mentoring is essential in supporting young people back into education and employment.

Check out our video for Youth Employment here.

Block 1

Youth Work Tipperary Work Winner Model

The project works with disadvantaged young people disconnected from any supports and who at present lack the capacity to take up any employment or educational opportunities. Some key points to note:

  • The signature detail of our programme is our unique “youth work model of engagement,” which is the only programme of its kind in the country.
  • This individualized and innovative 26 week programme provides the young person complete autonomy and design rights over their training programme. Young people undertake a mix of work placement (approximately three quarters of their week is spent on placement with a local employer in an area of work they are interested in) with the rest of their time being spent in group and individualised training as well as one to one support.
Block 2

2020 Activation Programme

Based on the Work Winner model, the 2020 Activation programme is an 18 month programme based in Thurles that works with young people aged between 20 and 25 who have been 1 year out of employment

  • It offers a route back to the workplace or education and combines both their work experience and job specific training over a 12-month period which involves 4 days in the workplace and 1 day training as well as alternative ‘soft skills’, which concentrates on all social issues affecting this age range.
  • Young people have the opportunity to undertake an extensive placement with a local employer, and also accredited training with the ETB ensuring that they are job ready on leaving the programme.

Check out our 2020 Activation Programme video here.