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Global Study highlights how Ireland is failing its young talent- Lynn Boylan MEP

21 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has commented on the latest Global Talent Competitiveness Index report which indicates that Ireland has failed to nurture and encourage young domestic talent.

Speaking this morning, Ms Boylan, a member of the employment and social affairs committee said:

“This report from the World Economic Forum states what Sinn Féin has said all along. This government is failing its home-grown talent. The lack of investment in apprenticeships and Labour’s decision to start charging young apprentices a fee has undoubtedly proved to be a regressive step.

This is the second report in less than 10 days that has flagged up the current government’s lack of initiative when it comes to apprenticeships. Last week the European Trade Union Syndicate echoed these concerns regarding low numbers of apprenticeships in its review of Ireland’s implementation of the youth guarantee.

How can this government drive a recovery that benefits everyone, as it claims, if potential young apprentices are being side-lined? The bottom line is that if nobody registers for a particular trade in 2015 that means no fully skilled graduate will become available before 2019 at the earliest.

Government needs to lead by example, it needs to drop the apprentice fee and it needs to encourage businesses to invest in apprenticeships and in on the job training opportunities for a fair wage.”

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