15 December 2011
RYU Coalition seeks common solutions with Minister
The Reject Youth Unemployment coalition (RYU) says that today’s news that the NEET (youth not in employment, education,
or training) rate has dropped by 0.5 percentage points to 12.3 percent is a step in the right direction. However, it is
also a reminder that we need to keep the focus on the tens of thousands of young New Zealanders who are still counted
amongst the NEET group.
Mark Pickering, RYU spokesperson said “today’s NEET figures remind us that there are still too many young New Zealanders
struggling to access work, education and training.”
RYU is advocating for young unemployed people and calls on the government bring a sharper focus and additional resources
creating work, education and training opportunities for young people to transition into,
developing better youth transitions, and
ensuring that young people receive positive support in their interactions with the system in their hunt for employment
“The new government faces a big challenge in this area to fix the deeper issues that put barriers in the way of young
people getting ahead,” says Pickering.
“We hope the Minister also ‘rejects youth unemployment.’ RYU wants to work constructively with the Government and others
to ensure we drive this rate down further, and we invite Social Development Minister Paula Bennett to meet with us to
discuss this important issue and possible solutions that could be adopted by the government,” concludes Pickering.