23 Jan 2009

ILO to help Samoa tackle youth unemployment

2:37 pm on 23 January 2009

The International Labour Organisation or ILO has signed an agreement with two Samoan government ministries to help stem unemployment among youth in the country.

The Director of ILO to Pacific Island Countries, Werner Blenk, says the world youth unemployment figure has dramatically doubled and tripled over the past years.

He adds that youth unemployment is considered a severe threat to the economy of Samoa.

The ILO is collaborating with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour on solutions.

At the agreement signing the ILO presented a check of 10,000 US dollars to the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, to carry out job training for youth.

Mr Blenk hopes that the training will propel young people to get decent jobs.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the ILO Pacific Director, says the astounding increase in worldwide youth unemployment goes to show that young people have stopped dreaming; and it's getting harder for them to find their way in society.