28 Jan 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Labour says keen to fight youth unemployment

11:36 am on 28 January 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Labour says it must find ways to fight youth unemployment.

The International Labour Organisation says youth unemployment is on the rise in the Pacific region due to a growth in the number of youths and urbanisation.

The ministry's assistant chief executive officer for apprenticeship and employment, Elisapeta Eteuati, says it's developing initiatives to help youths to become more skilled.

"It's mainly training youths to be independent and skills development so that they know they have something to work with with their own hands and training and not to come to town and roam around and cause problems. The main objective is education."

Elisapeta Eteuati says cabinet has just passed a law to establish a forum to look at labour issues, including youth unemployment.

It'll consist of government representatives as well as representatives of employers and employees, and has the backing of the Public Service Association.