Employment and Learning

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance 2:45 pm, 12th March 2013

I am glad that Mr Dunne raised the issue of apprenticeships and wider issues regarding youth training.  He will be aware that we recently announced a major review of apprenticeships in Northern Ireland, which will be undertaken over the next number of months.  I encourage him and any other Member to engage with that.

It is important to recognise that the world of work is changing, with different types of services and products, as well as the types of employment and jobs that are required.  Apprenticeships have huge advantages because young people will be trained in the very particular needs of businesses, and through that type of training, they are more likely to be able to sustain employment in the longer run.

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