The FINANCIAL -- Minister
for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, welcomed Dublin
Declaration on the unique contribution of youth work in supporting
attainment of 'soft' skiills which are increasingly south after by
employers. The Declaration was agreed following a two day EU Presidency
expert roundtable host by Minister Fitzgerald in Dublin, according to the European Commission.
The roundtable was attended by youth work providers, policy makers, researchers and business interests from Ireland and across Europe to explore how best to harness the potential of youth work in supporting youth employment.
Minister Fitzgerald told the roundtable that she will communicate this Declaration to EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy ahead of next week’s EU Council summit as well to her fellow Youth Minister in EU member states, according to the European Commission.
“The challenge of youth unemployment requires a broad range of responses involving the mobilisation of many players. The roundtable, which I convened as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency, has reaffirmed the specific and highly-relevant role for quality youth work in developing young people's skill-sets and supporting their job-readiness,” said Minister Fitzgerald.
The Minister added that the roundtable has in particular resulted in an important recognition and articulation of youth work’s unique potential to support young people in attaining key ‘soft’ skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, and entrepreneurship, according to the European Commission. The Minister noted that these ‘soft’ skill were being increasingly seen as highly-valuable and sought-after by employers.”