JUST over 18% of people aged under 34 are unemployed in Ireland. According to recent CSO figures approximately 142,000 young people between the ages of 20 to 34 were out of work in the first quarter of 2012.
Senator Deirdre Clune would like to stress the importance of young people working within our economy.
“In order for the country to recover, young people need to be integrated into the work force in Ireland. The figure of 18% unemployment is far too high.
“This has a negative impact on businesses and on the employability of our young people.
“There have been positive steps taken thus far, for example the internship Job-Bridge scheme gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills and increase their employability.
“The Job-Bridge scheme is also extremely beneficial for businesses that may not be able to employ someone on a full time wage. I want to encourage businesses to take on young people wherever possible.
“I also recognise that Ireland is an extremely difficult environment for job seekers but I urge all unemployed young people to vigorously seek opportunities and not give up hope.
“The benefits of hiring someone inside this age bracket are wide ranging. The right young person can supply energy, enthusiasm and ideas to a business.
“I am very saddened about the vast emigration of our youth today and I fear that this lost generation will have a devastating impact on Ireland’s economy.”