Mr Newton said, "Deirdre
Hargey rejected the Kickstart Scheme operated in Great Britain
supposedly because she wanted to have a "bespoke" local scheme. In
reality we had a Sinn Fein Minister introducing several months of delay
just to avoid involvement in a UK-wide programme and instead presiding
over her own personally designed shambles.
most recent figures for July-September 2021 show there are 23,000 young
people not in education, employment or training (NEET) yet Deirdre
Hargey's 'bespoke' scheme has secured JobStart opportunities for a 659.
It is not just that this is a drop in the overall ocean, but it means
that only 17% of the 3,786 opportunities offered by employers through
the scheme have been filled.
17% take up rate is nothing short of disastrous and is an accurate
reflection of what the Minister should be scored for this and other
areas such as the Sub-Regional Stadia Funding where she has proven to be
a Minister of soundbites but is utterly unable to deliver."
Mr Newton's Assembly Question can be found here;
The most recent figures for those not in Education Employment or Training can be found here:https://www.nisra.gov.uk/publi...