Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man government tackles youth unemployment

The Manx government is planning to address the growing problem of youth unemployment in the Isle of Man.

Official figures show almost half of those currently out of work are between the ages of 16 and 24 years old.

In August young people not in education, employment or training (Neets) numbered 408 from a total of 848 benefit claimants.

A recent government report said efforts were being made to encourage Neets to make a positive contribution.

Government departments have been working on a four-part strategy aimed at providing support, encouraging participation in island life and raising aspirations.

Economic development minister John Shimmin said it was important to prevent youngsters getting into the habit of being unemployed.

"We have been working on this for sometime now because we have been observing in recent months and years that youth unemployment is a growing problem on the island- this is mirrored and magnified in many other countries," he continued.

It is understood the government is hoping to involve the private sector in an attempt to find work experience for youngsters who face difficulties finding employment after they leave school.

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