§ Mr. Nellist
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number of vacancies at each careers office in Northern Ireland and the number of school leavers in each town served.
§ Dr. Boyson
The numbers of unfilled vacancies for young people (aged under 18) at each Jobmarket in Northern Ireland is as follows:
Unfilled vacancies for young persons at 4 April 1986 Jobmarket Number Antrim 11 Armagh 19 Ballymena 16 Ballymoney 7 Ballynahinch 12 Banbridge 9 Bangor 7 Belfast 149 Carrickfergus 7 Coleraine 22 Cookstown 14 Downpatrick 9 Dungannon 33 Enniskillen 50 Kilkeel 4 Larne 12 Limavady 7 Lisburn 22 Londonderry 16 Lurgan 19 Magherafelt 20 Newcastle 1 Newry 21 Newtownards 26 Omagh 29 Portadown 24 Strabane 10 Total 576
Information is not available on the number of school leavers in each jobmarket area, but it is estimated that there will be about 20,000 people under age 18 leaving 583W school in Northern Ireland in 1986. Not all of these will be available for employment as some 20 per cent. continue their education in full-time non-advanced courses in further education colleges. In the 12 months to 4 april 1986, 8,554 young persons were placed in employment by careers sections of Jobmarkets in Northern Ireland.