Skills & Employability

Empowering young people for successful working lives

A good job gives you status, focus and purpose and is fundamental to your physical and emotional health. In fact, it often defines who you are as a person and how you’re seen by others.

Unfortunately, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds often miss out on the skills that are
essential to finding a job, leaving them exposed to debt, depression and harmful addictions.

Working and receiving a living wage is fundamental to success. Over the next five years, we’re focused on increasing our support for programmes that support skills learning, internships, mentorships, training and pre-employment programmes to ensure all young people can access fulfilling employment.

59%
of those unemployed in Ireland are aged 15 to 24
64%

of young women are unemployed

96%
of inmates in Mountjoy have no qualification leaving school
“I was 16 years of age. You know what that’s like for any young girl. But I wasn’t any young girl – I was in a care home. They suggested I should try the Youth Project. I really wasn’t expecting anything but from the minute I came in, they accepted me for who I am. I didn’t really think about it like this at the time but I was looking for the real me. The one that had been lost through my childhood and taken over by frustration, loneliness, sadness and bad choices. When I found that person again, everything clicked. I knew what was positive about me again. And as well, I knew what I needed to work on to rebuild my mental health, my self-worth, my skills and to make a difference in life. And I really mean this; no way would it have happened without this Youth Project and the great workers and role models here.
Leanne
Core Youth Services Bike Project

With YOUR donation
and support we can

  • Fund projects and programmes that are actively re-engaging and training young people as an immediate priority.
  • Invest in sustainable training programmes where we know there will be job opportunities over the coming years e.g. Green agenda.
  • Fund programmes that help to increase the number of young people completing secondary school and gaining qualifications.
  • Support targeted programmes that help deliver an increase in the numbers of students transitioning from primary to secondary.

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In 2020, we raised and distributed an additional €500k which benefitted 14,123 children and young people. But we could only meet 6.6% of the staggering €7.5 million requested.

Futures are on the line. We need to do more. YOU can make a massive difference.

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