Funded under the terms of the EU PROGRESS Programme this two-year project ran to October 2016. Led by Málaga County Council, Spain, and involving three other organisations from across the EU, it examined, evaluated and transferred the results of new/innovative social policy initiatives aimed at reducing and preventing the unemployment situation of young people living in rural and pheripheral areas that are at risk of exclusion, have low educational levels and/or are early school leavers. See www.espyproject.eu
A booklet entitled ‘Premiers Tips’ which is a resource guide for young jobseekers to assist them in seeking employment, training and financial support services in County Tipperary was launched at a Conference held in Halla na Féile, Cashel in September 2015 which focused on Mental Health and Youth Unemployment. A Baseline Analysis Report on youth unemployment in County Tipperary was also presented and gave an overview of the current unemployment situation of young people in the County. Both publications were prepared by Youthwork Ireland Tipperary in collaboration with the County Council as part of its participation in this project.
The ‘ESPY’ (Experimentation on Social Policy for Youth) Project is co-financed by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS (2007-2013).