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Youth Job Initiatives A Good Start But More Needed

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Youth Job Initiatives A Good Start But More Needed

The Council of Trade Unions today has welcomed the announcement on jobs and training for young people. Helen Kelly, CTU President said "This is a good start and is something we have been calling for all year - but it is only a modest programme".

The CTU has been calling for initiatives on unemployment and was disappointed in the May Budget. Today's announcements are the first real sign that the Government is prepared to ramp up programmes to directly address unemployment.

We have also recognised the need to target measures to those worst affected and that includes youth, Māori and Pasefika workers.

However, there are around 58,000 people unemployed in the 16-24 age group and this number is likely to rise in forthcoming statistics this week. These initiatives will assist around 9,000 people a year so many will miss out. In addition, unemployment is more than a youth issue and we need initiatives such as the community max scheme to be available to all unemployed.

Helen Kelly said the CTU has suggested programmes in three broad areas - job creation; job retention and assistance in transition including investment in skills. It is good to see a package today that has elements of all three.

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