The Minister of Finance Michael Noonan announced a Jobs Initiative in the Dáil on Tuesday 10 May 2011 aimed at creating 100,000 jobs over the next four years.
Action Plan for Jobs
On 24 November 2011, the government committed to deliver a multi-annual Action Plan for Jobs
, with quarterly targets for delivery every year and a monitoring group to oversee implementation. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised the creation of 100,000 jobs by 2016 and a further 100,000 by 2020. Five plans have been published so far on 13 February 2012, 22 February 2013, 27 February 2014, 29 January 2015 and 18 January 2016.
Pathways to Work
On 23 February 2012, the government published Pathways to Work, a radical four year plan to get long-term unemployed people back to work. A followup plan to build on the progress of the original one was published on 18 July 2013 while a third plan was published on 7 October 2014. A second strategy, Pathways to Work 2016–2020, was published on 13 January 2016 and is intended to fuel the drive to full employment.
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Statement of Strategy 2015-2017
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’s Statement of Strategy 2015-2017
, published on 14 April 2015, is aimed at supporting the drive towards sustainable full employment by 2018.
Other jobs programmes
The government has also announced other measures aimed at boosting employment. These include:
- JobPath (announced in July 2013)
- PlusOne (announced in Budget 2013)
- Momentum (launched on 18 December 2012)
- Job Expansion Plan (launched in May 2011)
- EU Youth Guarantee (implementation plan published on 28 January 2014)
- Youth Employability Initiative (announced 8 October 2015)
- Employment and Youth Activation Charter (launched 29 September 2014)
- First Steps (launched on 4 February 2015)
- Gateway – Local Authority Labour Activation Scheme (announced in Budget 2013)
- South East Employment Action Plan (published on 2 December 2011)