Damien English, TD Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation and Zoltan Kazatsay Deputy Director General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in European Commission at the launch of the Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020, April 2015.
The PEIL 2014-2020 is the successor to the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme (HCI OP) 2007-2013 and is the sole vehicle through which the ESF will be applied in Ireland during the 2014-2020 programming period. This OP takes into consideration and complements actions in the human capital area to be taken at EU and National level aimed at making Europe a more attractive place to invest and work, enhancing knowledge and innovation for growth and creating more and better jobs.
European Social Fund Regulation (EU) No 1304/2013 outlines the thematic objectives, the principles and the rules concerning programming, monitoring and evaluation, management and control.
Common Provisions Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 establishes the framework for action by the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.
The EU Regulations outline the ESF objectives as being improving employment opportunities, strengthening social inclusion, fighting poverty, promoting education, skills and life-long learning and developing active, comprehensive and sustainable inclusion policies and thereby contributing to economic, social and territorial cohesion.
In line with the investment priorities set out in the ESF Regulation, the key areas chosen for investment in Ireland revolve around activation of the unemployed, social and labour market inclusion, education and youth employment.
The Operational Programme contains four Priority Axes (five including technical assistance which funds the operational administrative and publicity of the programme) comprising some 20+ specific activities. The priority axes are as follows:
- Priority 1: Promoting the attainment of sustainable and quality employment through relevant upskilling measures and supporting labour mobility.
- Priority 2: Promoting Social Inclusion and combating discrimination in the labour market
- Priority 3: Investing in Education, Training and Life Long Learning with a view to upskilling and re-skilling the labour force
- Priority 4: Youth Employment Initiative
- Priority 5: Technical Assistance
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Annexes listed on page 132 of the PEIL Operational Programme 2014-2020 are:
The Partnership Agreement sets out the policy context within which European Structural and Investment Funds allocated to Ireland will be applied. It outlines Ireland’s development needs and defines national priorities to support the National Reform Programme (NRP) and the achievement of national targets for delivering the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Youth Employment Initiative
In February 2013 the European Council proposed the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), to tackle the high levels of youth unemployment and the associated risk of a lost generation. The YEI was available to Member States with a level of youth unemployment above 25% in 2012. In 2012, Ireland’s youth unemployment rate reached a peak of 33%, making Ireland eligible for funding from the YEI. A total of €6 billion is being provided for the YEI in regions that qualify for support.
A specific YEI allocation of €68.145 million (in addition to the Exchequer and ESF allocation of the same amount) has been provided for Ireland. This will principally be targeted at measures identified in Ireland’s Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan, which was agreed with the European Commission in 2014.
The YEI in Ireland is being delivered using ESF support. The Youth Employment target group is young people under the age of 25 not in employment, education, or training. In order to focus the ESF and YEI funding directly, a separate Priority Axis (Priority 4) was established in the PEIL 2014-2020. The ESF will support under 25's in the following YEI activities: Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) Scheme, JobPlus Incentive Scheme, Tús, JobBridge, Youthreach, Social Inclusion and Activation Programme (SICAP) and Momentum.