The scheme offered employers £3,000 for new apprenticeship opportunities, but closed on 31 March 2022.
It follows Cllr. Seenoi-Barr’s work with local young people which revealed the significant barriers young people face in accessing apprenticeships.
Said Cllr Seenoi-Barr: “Skills development should be at the core to building a successful economy here in Derry, but unfortunately too many young people are finding it impossible to access apprenticeships.
“Having spoken to several local employers, I know that the cost of taking on an apprentice can be a particular barrier, especially given the current challenges caused by the cost-of-living crisis.
“In turn, this is making it extremely difficult for young people to be matched with employers.
“We must do everything possible to remove the barriers which prevent our young people from accessing such opportunities.
“I believe that the Minister should consider reintroducing the Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme with haste to encourage more employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices.
“I have today written to the Minister urging him to reintroduce this important scheme and give much-needed support to businesses and apprentices at this time.”Tags: