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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

The Department of Social Protection and the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment are the main authority responsible for youth employment at a national level. The Department of Trade, Enterprise and Employment has responsibility for enterprise and youth enterprise policy, at local level supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO).


Economic Security and Opportunity is one of the five national outcome areas for young people in Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2014), the overarching national policy framework for children and young people.


Coivd-19 and the responding public health measures have resulted in a sharp rise in youth unemployment. 


Pre-Covid-19, Ireland had a lower than average EU youth unemployment rate, it had a higher than average long-term youth unemployment rate.



A number of youth employment measures were established related to commitments in the Youth Guarantee. These include:

  • Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS)
  • JobsPlus for Youth
  • Tús
  • Employment and Youth Activation Charter  


Ireland has a developed career guidance support system across the education and training system including post-primary education, higher education and further education and training. 


Guidance counselling in Ireland is practiced in a holistic and integrative way, and encompasses the areas of:

  • social/personal counselling, 
  • vocational guidance counselling and 
  • educational guidance counselling.