Last week’s front page story in the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser highlighted the employment challenges facing young people today.
The article demonstrated that it is indeed difficult for young people to go it alone when trying to bridge the gap from school to work.
The fact that 1600 people from Macarthur (aged under 25) are currently unemployed means something needs to be done NOW!
Our youth desperately need to build connections to the work force whilst still at school. They should be exposed to career conversations identifying possible career areas of interest.
Students, who wish to exit school early need strategies put in place to support them. Introducing them to possible school based traineeships and apprenticeships and mentoring them through this process.
Work readiness programs should be sought out covering areas such as:
- Industry visits
- Business leaders addressing classes
- Resume preparation
- Interview dress and techniques
- Work experience and work placement
- Empowering parents to become career helpers
- Young people with career success stories as youth mentors
These strategies would definitely help to lower the unemployment rate and upskill youth to be ready to undertake level entry positions within the community.
Dr David Williams AM and new CEO of MWLP Linking Youth commented “The region’s potential depends upon what youth are capable of offering. The potential of well guided and developed youth is outstanding. Linking youth with business in a targeted way will deliver results.”
David recently met with Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren to discuss youth initiatives and how MWLP can help.
Member for Campbelltown, Greg Warren (left) with MWLP CEO Dr David M Williams AM
MWLP Linking Youth looks forward to the government’s $840 million youth unemployment package aiming to help up to 120,000 Australians under the age of 25 transition into the work force.
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