Local organisations selected to help young people into work


Great Southern Employment Development Committee and YMCA Perth and Community Services have been selected to deliver the Turnbull Government’s ‘Empowering YOUth Initiatives’ programme.
YMCA Perth and Community Services have offices in Narrogin and Albany, while Great Southern Employment Development Committee is based in Albany and Katanning.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the organisations were two of 20 throughout Australia chosen through a highly competitive grant process to help vulnerable young people and indigenous young people into a job.
“These organisations have thought outside the box to come up with innovative ways to engage in a young person’s life at a time when they are at a crossroads and at risk of falling into welfare dependency,” Mr Wilson said.
“Young Australians are at a stage in their lives when their potential is immense and they have a lifetime of gainful employment in front of them. Policies and programmes must be implemented to ensure they do not enter a cycle of long term unemployment.”
Mr Wilson said the Turnbull Government is focused on providing the right mix of services and support under the Australian Government’s $331 million Youth Employment Strategy, announced in the 2015-16 Budget, to tackle youth unemployment.
“Governments must always be willing to look at innovative approaches,” Mr Wilson said. “I am pleased to see these approaches being tested to help more young people start and keep job.”
Empowering YOUth Initiatives will support measures from not-for-profit and non-government organisations to help long-term unemployed young people, or those at risk of long-term unemployment, to find and stay in employment.
Further rounds will be announced mid-year.
For more information on Empowering YOUth Initiatives and other support available for young people under the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy visit: http://www.employment.gov.au/youth.
Media contact
Monica O’Shea | 08 9842 2777 | monica.o’shea@aph.gov.au


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