We must tackle unemployment
UNDOUBTEDLY, there is a need to address the issues of educational underachievement and jobs in sections of the community here.
The recent report confirming the problem of young, Protestant males underperforming highlights this and points up the need for answers.
Those who reject school and leave without qualifications, or basic social skills, need an alternative entry route into the world of work via skills training and linked vocational instruction.
Innovative solutions and, perhaps, a return to the former Government Training Centres (GTCs) should be considered.
There is a necessity for a straightforward, common sense approach to this problem. A failure to tackle the issues will continue the build-up of social problems across the communities.
CLLR ADAM NEWTON (DUP)
Belfast City Council