05 March 2015

Applications to upskill youth now open

Businesses and community organisations in the Geelong region can now apply for support to boost the skills of youth under a youth stream pilot programme through the Industry Skills Fund.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said Geelong is one of 21 regions across Australia selected to receive funding under Youth Employment Pathways, a new way of delivering skilled young employees to businesses in Geelong.

The Geelong (ABS) region includes the Geelong suburbs, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Surf Coast including Lorne, Winchelsea, parts of the Golden Plains including Rokewood and Dereel and Meredith (see attached map for detail).

“Our government is pursuing innovative ways to address youth unemployment by undertaking this youth pilot programme in Geelong which will meet the needs of business while also assisting young people to get back into school, start vocational education and training (VET) or move into the workforce,” Ms Henderson said.

“These initiatives will help not only Geelong businesses and young people, but also the community as a whole, particularly at this time of high youth unemployment,” she said.

“The Youth Employment Pathways programme will provide assistance to 3,000 young people who are not in work, training or school. Eligible community service organisations can receive funding of up to $2,000 to support 15 to 18 year olds, to get back into school, start VET or move into the workforce.”

“Trialling the pilot programme in selected regions ensures future youth programmes are effective and are linked to outcomes. Unlike Labor we are not training for training’s sake but investigating the optimal ways to get young unemployed Australians into work.”

Geelong businesses and community service organisations have until 29 February 2016 to apply through the online application form.

For more information, or to apply, visit www.business.gov.au/youthstream or call 13 28 46.

5 March 2015