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Friday 20 October 2017

Coca Cola HBC bespoke training initiative aimed at tackling Ireland's youth unemployment

Youth Empowered (#YouthEmpowered) programme set to help 400 young people here

Matthieu Seguin, Managing Director, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland with some of the youths participating in the #YouthEmpowered programme Jennifer Collins, Yvonne O’Sullivan, Arkadiusz Gaik and Matthew Power Credit: Pic Julien Behal Photography
Matthieu Seguin, Managing Director, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland with some of the youths participating in the #YouthEmpowered programme Jennifer Collins, Yvonne O’Sullivan, Arkadiusz Gaik and Matthew Power Credit: Pic Julien Behal Photography
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A new initiative aimed at tackling youth unemployment here has been launched by Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) Ireland & Northern Ireland.

According to the firm, the Youth Empowered (#YouthEmpowered) programme is set to help 400 young people get on the path to meaningful employment by equipping them with life skills, business skills and mentors. `

According to recent CSO figures, there were 32,237 young people under 25 signing on the live register in July, up by 505 since June 2017, with 2,512 more when compared with April 2017. Some 11,000 of these are in long-term unemployment.

Coca-Cola HBC's bespoke programme, which is being delivered in partnership with Fastrack to IT (FIT), specifically targets young people not currently in employment, training or education.

Deputy Alan Farrell, Chair of Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee said that, as a country, "we need to ensure our young people are provided with every opportunity to be successful in their lives, and in their chosen career paths".

"Everyone, when growing up, needs a bit of guidance and support. Programmes like Youth Empowered, which go back to basics, are important as they provide our young people with the opportunity to avail of life skills which will better equip them with knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly benefit them in their futures."

The Youth Empowered curriculum is designed to help remove the barriers that exist for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have left the formal education system but who have been unable to secure or retain employment.

Matthieu Seguin, Managing Director, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said that the firm has a responsibility "to ensure that the society in which we operate is sustainable and prosperous for all."

"Young people suffered more than most during the recent recession with a lack of employment opportunities leaving them drifting for a number of years," he said.

"While many young people leaving school and university today are well placed to secure employment, many require further support to help them transition from the education arena to the working world. We have identified some basic life skills that will help build back confidence and self-esteem in this group of young people, help them to understand the value that they bring to society and can bring to the workplace."

Young people interested in participating in the programme can log on to www.fit.ie or www.ie.Coca-ColaHellenic.com for more information.

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