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USI calls for greater investment in Youth Guarantee Scheme

Latest figures have shown that 30.8 per cent of those under 25 years of age are now unemployed.

USI President John Logue (file photo)
USI President John Logue (file photo)
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE USI HAVE called for a “significant investment” in the Youth Guarantee Scheme in the wake of Eurostat figures which have shown that 30.8 per cent of those under 25 years of age are now unemployed.

The president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), John Logue, said that it was time for government to make good on their promise and make youth unemployment a priority, calling on the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, to address the growing issue.

Logue said that the Youth Guarantee Scheme needed “meaningful Government investment” in order to provide employment, education and training to those under 25.

“Too many are standing in dole queues and too many are forced to emigrate when they would rather stay at home and contribute to the country’s recovery,” Logue said.

If the Government doesn’t back this scheme with meaningful investment then they risk losing the talent and energy that will drive our economy’s recovery.

Read: Unemployed number in Eurozone highest since records here began >

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