Dan O’Brien concludes the excellent Irish Times series on policies to tackle the jobs and unemployment crisis (article here). He makes substantiive proposals in each of the areas focused on over the week: activation, training, and the benefits system. Interestingly he calls for a small focused team with appropriate expertise to examine blueprints for a more effective policy regime.
Putting together a joined-up jobs policy is a big task, but blueprints are available from other small northern Europe countries. A three-person team with a remit to report on policy in three months could do this. It would require a labour market expert, an organisational change specialist and a capable former civil servant who knows the system.