Govt urged to introduce scheme for gap-year students

A leading jobs expert claims that volunteering abroad may be the answer for many of the country's young unemployed.

Stephen McLarnon is urging the government to follow the lead of other countries and establish a part-funded gap-year scheme for newly qualified graduates or young unemployed.

He says launching a matching scheme to the under 25s offering up to €5,000 per person within a 12-month period would offer immediate savings to the growing social welfare bill while helping young people gain experience overseas.

Mr McLarnon, who is involved in organising jobs expos, denies this would lead to a brain drain from this country.


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