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Factsheet for measure IE-2021-29/1962 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 12 July 2021 – 31 December 2025|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||13 July 2021 (updated 14 July 2021)|
On 12 July 2021 the Government launched a new national employment strategy - Pathways to Work 2021-2025. It is a key part of the wider national Economic Recovery Plan and aims to get people back to employment after the pandemic.
The strategy also seeks to support those who were unemployed before the pandemic, those looking to return to work or join the workforce and those facing additional barriers to work, in order to promote better job opportunity outcomes for all. It aims to ensure the Public Employment Service delivers effective services following the pandemic.
At the launch Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “As we recover from this pandemic, Pathways to Work is about ensuring we support and assist tens of thousands of our citizens in entering or re-entering the workforce.
“It’s about leaving nobody behind, providing new opportunities to retrain and re-skill and, above all, giving people the support they need to secure quality, sustainable employment.
The aims of the Strategy are as follows:
Key elements of the Strategy include:
The Labour Market Advisory Council will be asked to provide an annual report to the Minister for Social Protection in Quarter 3 of each year providing its view on the progress achieved and an annual review will be published in Q4 each year.
||Applies to all businesses||
Other groups of citizens
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Employers group Ibec has welcomed the announcement of the strategy. "Today's announcement is recognition that the foundation of economic recovery will be underpinned by investing in people, skills and talent," said Ibec Head of Social Policy, Dr. Kara McGann. "Business particularly welcomes the strategy’s focus on addressing youth unemployment, given the potential long-term scarring effects of the pandemic on this crucial cohort of the labour market, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID."
Eurofound (2021), New Pathways to Work strategy as part of National Recovery Plan, measure IE-2021-29/1962 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2021-29_1962.html
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