£9m for youth employment schemes

Dr Stephen Farry with Clare Conlan, Youth Action NI, Mark Duggan, Princes Trust.

A £9m support package has been announced for a range of employment schemes to support young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Monday, 17 December 2012
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Eighteen projects will be funded by the Department for Employment and Learning under the Collaboration and Innovation Fund.

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry, said up to 5,000 disadvantaged young people would be assisted as a result of the funding.

The support package aims to equip them with job skills to gain employment and up-to-date skills.

Mentoring, work placements, training in literacy, numeracy and ICT skills will be provided alongside personal development training through a life skills and motivational programme for young people.

The Alliance minister said: "The projects, delivered through a variety of bodies including community organisations and further education colleges, will ensure we reach our most vulnerable young people on the ground with education, training or employment initiatives.

"These projects will open doors for our young people to move into college, apprenticeships or jobs and represent the key quality interventions necessary to combat the untapped potential of these young people.

"Most importantly, the projects will improve their employability by equipping them with the necessary skills for employment."

He continued: "I want to ensure that young people who are currently disengaged are provided at the earliest possible stage with the skills to gain jobs.

"These projects are designed to ensure that no-one is left behind and that we build opportunities for all our young people, particularly those in areas of deprivation right across our community."

The money covers the remainder of this current financial year, and the 13/14 and 14/15 financial years.