Young people needs jobs - Reilly
Sinn Féin youth affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has said called for investment in training and employment for young people.
The call comes in response to the launch by the Small Firms Association of a set of proposals for tackling youth unemployment.
Senator Reilly said:
“The Small Firms Association has launched a series of proposals which they believe will help reduce youth unemployment. Some of these proposals have merit. Others are questionable. However taken as a whole they completely miss what young unemployed people need.
“Over 30% of under 25s are unemployed. More than 30,000 young people are on the live register for more than 12 months. Youth emigration continues at an alarming pace.
“There is an urgent need for the government to invest in stemming the youth unemployment crisis.
“We need the government to release funds from the National Pension Reserve Fund to invest in a youth guarantee scheme.
“The government says it supports such a scheme, but to date no funds have been forthcoming.
“No young person should left without a job, training or education for more than four months after becoming unemployed.
“The cost of youth unemployment for the individuals involved, their families and the economy as a whole is huge. It is time for the government to match their verbal commitment to a youth guarantee with real investment. Otherwise the youth unemployment crisis will get worse.”