Employment Minister Launches NEET Youth Forum

The NEET Youth Forum has been launched by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry.

The Forum is a regional network of young people who have experienced difficulties in accessing education, employment or training.

It is based across five hubs in Northern Ireland where members can share experiences with each other, identify and discuss issues relevant to young people.

At the launch of the NEET Youth Forum, Minister Farry also unveiled a new Mapping Tool. This is an interactive information database that maps current eduction, employment and training provision throughout the country.

The NI Executive said young people of the NEET Youth Forum were "instrumental" in building and testing the tool.

The launches were made at the Skainos Centre in East Belfast.

Minister Farry said: "In launching the NEET Youth Forum today, I continue to focus on the objectives to ensure helping and supporting the most vulnerable young people in our society gain opportunities to succeed."

The Minister said the Forum links closely to the NEET Strategy Forum, which recently received £108,000 in funding from the Department for Employment and Learning.

Minister Farry added: "The Mapping Tool is an innovative solution that will greatly assist young people access relevant information on training and employability services in one central point."

Chair of the NEET Strategy Forum, Jo Marley, said: "This genuine offer to participate with Government has been the driving force behind our work and progress. I look forward to the future developments."


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