Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:30 pm, 12th March 2013

I do not have to hand the precise figures that the Member requests.  I will certainly write to him in that regard.  I will make the general comment that, historically, the LAEP project has been focused more at adults, and the age profile there has been largely over 25.  It is for that reason that we have, as part of the NEETs strategy, sought to put in place a new community-based access pilot, which will better target that intervention towards young people.

 

The Member is quite right to place a focus on the needs of young people, because we are all conscious of the problems of youth unemployment and economic inactivity among young people.  Although many societies have problems with unemployment in general, we have a particular spike in our problems with young people.  So, it is important that we do focus our interventions in that regard.