Statistics for youth unemployment remain
high, even though the overall figures have dropped markedly
since 2003. Young people entering the workforce have an uphill
struggle. Unless they have relevant vocational training they
lack both marketable skills and experience needed by employers.
We collaborate on government job training and work experience
programmes but there is a lot more to be done.
The Federation tries to bridge the gap between formal education
and the workplace with extra courses, workshops, job placement
and internships. Read this week's Feature Story to
find out about the Youth Employment Network's Chinese New Year
Flower Market training workshops for young stall-holders. Opportunities
like this help youngsters make that first practical step which
gives them the confidence and know-how to get started.