Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has called on the Minister of Employment and Learning David Farry to reengage with the All-Island Skills Study to develop an all-Ireland approach to training and the provision of apprenticeships.
Mr Boylan stated,
“I am disappointed that the minister David Farry has said that he has no intention to revisit the All-Island Skills Study done in 2009.
“This is a missed opportunity for our young people and I will be requesting to meet with him to discuss his department's approach to cross-border and island-wide solutions to common problems.
“This study would help identify skills shortages in areas such as IT and foreign languages on a cross-border basis.
“Companies recruit across Ireland for skilled professionals yet there is little coordination at a departmental and institutional level in developing joint initiatives that would help tackle youth unemployment.
“For example while one company in Dundalk could not attract enough IT workers locally there was nothing in place to train or attract workers from the South Down and Armagh region.
“I welcome however, the fact that Mr Farry will be meeting his counterpart Ruairi Quinn TD in April.
"I would call on him to discuss with Mr Quinn a mechanism to revisit the all-island study group.”