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Multi Departmental approach to NEET needed

19 January, 2011 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has stated that there needs to a multi departmental approach to the problem of young people not in employment, education and training (NEET)

Speaking after an Assembly debate Ms Ramsey said,

“I very much welcome this report of the Committee into the problem of NEET. I have raised this issue for debate several times because I know from individual young people within my own constituency the devastating effecton a young person’s life of being without focus or purpose.

“The problems relating to the young people not in training education or training are ones that covers many of the departments.From having young people without any prospects of becoming involved in the work place to a loss of self esteem, in some cases leading to suicide, are some of the issues that affect us.

“One of the saddest facts is that many of these young people come from families that found themselves in the same situation and has become a generational problem.

“Too often being out of education, employment and training means a young person who is likely to be more vulnerable, to have been in care, at risk of offending or of misuse of alcohol or drugs.

“By 2020 50% of the young people who are currently NEET will be parents and their children may face the same cycle of disadvantage

“This problem cannot be solved by a single Minister or Department acting alone, we need collaboration across the Ministers and Departments if we are to bring about real change.

“This inquiry has highlighted the need for investment, we cannot engage with NEET young people if we do not have the resources and support available. 

"I am calling on the Minister to highlight his strategy to help NEET young people and outline his strategy to bring an end to this despair and misery."

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