And our service is making real inroads into the teen jobless rate. We’ve achieved a very high rate of success putting young people back on the road to life long learning, skills and employment, while cutting the cost of welfare benefits. In doing so, we know that our social impact and return on investment is high.
The Transition to Work is vital in turning around Australia’s high rates of youth unemployment and pathways into youth homelessness.
The latest DSS data reveals the number of Australians on Newstart or Youth Allowance has risen 1.4 per cent to 878,073 in the past year. And three-quarters of people on Newstart have been out of work for more than a year, many for much longer. It’s vital young school leavers are properly supported as soon as possible to work out their strengths, capabilities and goals in life and have a chance to put their dreams into place.
Our intensive, pre-employment support improves work-readiness and helps young people into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education. Our priority is on helping young people with practical skills and insights, so they understand what is expected in the workplace and can develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours expected by employers.
We know the power of jobs and education in transforming lives and communities.
Youth Projects has a strong record of success working with at risk youth with high impact support. In fact our team have won national awards for achieving the best outcomes using innovative ideas In late 2016 we were also awarded “Best Youth Employment Service” at the Long Term Unemployment Conference in Brisbane. We’re based at our Glenroy youth space and also have multiple locations in the north west. Our approach is inclusive, flexible, non-traditional and non-judgemental.
The Glenroy Youth Space in Hartington St, Glenroy is a multipurpose space designed in consultation with local young people to meet the needs they identified for activity, connection, creativity and access to integrated support services. We thank our partners CoAct and all those who have donated funds to support at risk teens into work and skills and out of an almost certain path of long term poverty.
Find our more about our impact and recipe for success here https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2017/06/youth-projects-recognised-cutting-jobless-rate/
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