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Anderson secures commitment on EU ‘Youth Jobs Guarantee’

29 August, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson has welcomed a commitment from the European Commission to support an EU-wide ‘Youth Jobs Guarantee’ programme.

Martina Anderson said:

“In response to a question which I put to the Commission recently on job creation programmes for young people I have received a commitment that the European Commission will propose a Council recommendation on youth guarantees in December 2012.

“This is good news for our young people. The proposals will remove any excuse for government not being proactive in promoting apprenticeships and internships as a means of getting our youth into work.

"In its working document the commission makes it clear that a key aspect of the European Social Fund is to promote schemes such as apprenticeship type vocational training for young people.

"In 2010 Sinn Fein supported a European Parliament call for 10% of ESF funding to be channelled to this end. Such funding should significantly facilitate Member States' efforts to implement such schemes.

Youth guarantee schemes already operate in and have proven their worth in some countries with the lowest levels of youth unemployment such as Austria and the Netherlands.

“In light of this commitment I would urge DEL Minister Stephen Farry to ensure that his Department is fully prepared to take full advantage of these proposals as soon as they are finalised.

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