The number of young persons under 26 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, jobseeker’s benefit or signing for credits for 12 months or more in County Donegal is 555, according to new figures from Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.[

In response to this the National Youth Council of Ireland the development of, and investment in, an ‘access apprenticeships programme’ to support young people with fewer opportunities and qualifications was needed.

That was the message from James Doorley (pictured), National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Deputy Director, speaking at the publication of the organisation’s pre-budget submission recently (31.07.18).

In its Pre Budget 2019 submission ‘Future Proof with Investment in Youth’ the NYCI, which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide, is calling for an investment of €22 million in the education, training and access to apprenticeships to halve long-term youth unemployment by the end of 2019.

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