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New Courses of Study for Unemployed Youth

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Social Affairs are currently looking to create special educational resources for young unemployed people with the goal to keep them active and make the best possible use of their time.

From Bifröst University. The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

The idea is for the Directorate of Labor, secondary schools and other institutions to cooperate on this project, Morgunbladid reports.

Minister for Social Affairs Árni Páll Árnason presented a strategy to meet the needs of young unemployed people on Thursday last week, both by using the current programs of secondary schools and by creating new courses of study, tailored to their needs.

Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir will recommend at parliament that night schools be permitted to collect payments according to earlier regulations in order to make their operations easier.

According to Fréttabladid, the number of young unemployed people is increasing; currently 2,700 people between 16 and 24 are registered as unemployed. “What characterizes this group is a low level of education,” Árnason said.

The minister stated that activating this group of people is of great importance to society. ISK 1.3 billion (USD 10.1 million, EUR 7.1 million) will be attributed to the initiative next year.

Click here to read more about unemployment in Iceland.

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