More apprenticeships needed to meet youth jobs needsPosted on August 8, 2019 by webmaster
DESPITE the tight labour market, 6,000 under-25s remain long-term unemployed according to the National Youth Council which is calling for more apprentiship places, especially for younger women. Apprenticeship courses have been expanded in recent years to include careers in auctioneering, insurance and accounting in addition to more traditional trades.
At present, there are 16,000 young people on apprenticeship programmes. We need increased investment in Budget 2020 to support more young jobseekers into an apprenticeship and a range of other employment and training measures to reduce long-term youth unemployment. That was the message from James Doorley, National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) deputy director at the launch of its pre-Budget submission.
The NYCI, which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide, is calling for an overall investment of €14.9million in education, training and apprenticeships to halve long-term youth unemployment by the end of 2020. Only 2% – about 350 – of the 16,000 young people in apprenticeship schemes are women.
Mr Doorley said: “Census 2016 indicates that our population aged 10-24 years will increase to over one million by 2025, so we need to invest in policies, services and supports to meet the needs of young people today, while preparing for demographic pressures in the coming years.”