Belfast Telegraph

Funding boost for young jobless

Young people currently out of work and not in education or training are to benefit from an extra £108,000 cash boost towards a support forum.

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry announced the boost to the NEET (not in education, employment or training) Strategy Forum to help young people fulfil their potential and in turn, help improve the local economy.

The funding is targeted at society's most vulnerable group, according to the minister.

"In providing this funding, I recognise the key role the community and voluntary sectors play in helping and supporting the most vulnerable in our society," he said.

"This funding will support work which will develop the sector to help our young people reach their full potential in terms of education, training and employment, which in turn helps grow our local economy.

"The sector will be a key partner in supporting the delivery of the European Social Fund programme across Northern Ireland and, in joining up this work and giving a voice to young people, is a crucial aspect of how we want to work going forward."

As part of its work, the forum has developed a mapping tool which provides an interactive information database that maps current education, employment and training service provision throughout Northern Ireland.

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