Our last Conference was attended by 30 participants from across the membership in every region of the Union making this the best attended Youth & Apprentice Forum to date. For the overwhelming majority of these participants, this was their first involvement in the Y & A Forum and the conference benefitted greatly from their presence.
- Alan Douglas delivered a presentation on the current efforts of the group in relation to campaigns within the Connect Trade Union (Axe the Tax on Training Campaign) and other campaigns within the trade union movement (We’re not leaving and ScamBridge) all of which are directed towards Youth employment issues and explained about the Connect Trade Union role within ICTU Youth.
- Martin McMahon (SOLAS) delivered his presentation on the apprenticeships system and the impending changes review and post apprenticeship options available. A round table discussion took place with the group on the future efforts and needs of the Y&A Forum with several outcomes;
- The Connect Trade Union should continue the fight against the unjust student charges being applied to apprentices and the Y&A Forum should assist in its success. We should increase the level of information and contact with Y & A members of the Union in order to educate them on the Union.
The Y & A Forum should meet regularly as a group in 2015 with a view to highlighting issues or participating in events of interest to Y & A Members that should be supported. Following the nominations of Bro. Alan Douglas and Bro. Chris McCormack they were unanimously endorsed by the group as Chairman and Secretary respectively. Bro. Douglas and Bro.McCormack will represent the Youth & Apprentice Forum on the NEC. If you interested in joining the forum please contact us in the Contact Form to the right.