Just two people attended a youth and careers event in Limavady recently, at a time when the borough has one of the highest youth unemployment rates out of the North’s 26 district Councils.
The shocking revelation was made public in the monthly report from Limavady Council’s director of development services, Valerie Richmond. The event, aimed at those receiving GCSE results the previous week, was held at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre and was attended by seven relevant agencies and organisations. It was also widely promoted in the press and on social media.
Last October, DUP MP Gregory Campbell revealed the rate for youth out of work stood at 16.7%, up from 5.5% in 2006 - a threefold rise in five years.
Speaking about the poor turnout, Ms Richmond said in her report: “Staff were disappointed to report that over the two hours of the event, only two members of the public attended.”
Ms Richmond added: “This was in contrast to the fifty-plus visits that a similar event in Dungiven had at the start of the summer.”