Rob Callister with manx FlagRob Callister hopes to see more training and re-skill opportunities

An MHK says Manx residents ‘cannot be left behind’ as government looks to expand the Isle of Man’s population and create 5,000 new jobs.

Treasury says data from the currently unpublished March Labour Market Report shows long-term unemployment is down to 17 people – a 20-year low.

It was recently revealed the Island has no ‘return-to-work’ schemes in place to help long-term unemployed people looking to re-enter the workplace.

Onchan MHK Rob Callister says given the figures he respects their decision to call the schemes ‘unnecessary’, but doesn’t want the Island to be complacent: