Right now, Ireland is a country that looks how it feels: an abandoned, unloved, eyeless, raggedy toy. Jobs are scarce and dreams are dry, however a new competition organized by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is giving 15-22 year-olds the chance to have their say, with prizes including a grant of up to €15,000.
“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I am organising a nationwide campaign offering young people with ideas on job creation the opportunity to put their proposals to the new Government,” says Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
“Young people, like so many in our community, are worried about the recession, about their parents employment and about their own future employment. Many of them have huge energy and ideas for economic development and this initiative will help them structure those ideas into workable proposals.
“Participants will be rewarded for their effort by receiving constructive feedback from business leaders. The young people who develop the best job creation proposals will be given the opportunity of spending a week shadowing a successful Irish entrepreneur and the top entry will also win a research grant with Amarach research of €15,000. I would urge any local young person to avail of this opportunity and let their ideas be heard,” concluded Fitzgerald.
The competition is being organized as part of TV3’s “Every Job Counts” campaign and in line with the Government’s focus on job creation. To enter this competition, simply email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Dept. of Children, Mespil Road, Dublin 4. For more information log on to www.omc.gov.ie.