Youth Employment Measures
- The Morrison McCormack Government is committed to creating more and better opportunities for the next generation of Australians.
- We want more young people to secure a great job and we want to give them the opportunity to gain the right skills. With a stronger economy we are headed in the right direction.
- In 2017-18, more than 102,000 young Australians got a job – the largest amount in Australia’s history. The youth unemployment is at its lowest level in seven years.
- We want to build on our record and create more jobs and the right skills for the next generation.
- That is why a re-elected Morrison McCormack Government has a plan for jobs for young Australians.
- We pledge the creation of 250,000 jobs for young people over the next five years.
- We are investing $525 million into increased skills funding, creating up to 80,000 new apprentices, in addition to ones already being supported through the Skilling Australians Fund.
- We are investing $50 million to create 10 new training hubs in regional areas with high youth employment.
- The hubs will create better connections between industry and schools to improve outcomes for students and employers. They will provide an on-the-ground presence in areas of great need of innovative approaches to help students transition from school to training and work.
- The 10 regions selected for the training hubs will also be eligible for the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians.
- The Program will support young Australians to enter the VET sector and gain the skills they need for a successful and rewarding career.
- Successful candidates will be eligible for up to $17,500 in funding, varying based on scholarship length and type of study or training, for a maximum period of three years.
Training hub locations
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- We will also build on our success in helping young people move from welfare to work by establishing 10 industry partnership pilots through the Youth Jobs PaTH program.
- This program has already helped over 43,000 young people into jobs. These new partnerships will enable growth industries to directly engage with young job seekers, giving them opportunities to gain valuable training, work experience and employment in their industry, commencing 1 January 2020.
- We will also help young unemployed people move into work by extending access to intensive, pre-employment Transition to Work services to those aged up to 24.
- This program has already helped over 32,000 young people into jobs or training. Expanding eligibility to a further 2,000 young people ensures they can improve their work-readiness and receive extra support to move into work or education, commencing 1 January 2020.
- Labor has no plan to support young Australians. Under Labor, youth unemployment rose from 10.0% to 12.7%. We are bringing it back down. There were over 57,000 fewer young Australians in work by the end of Labor’s last term in office than there was at the start.
- Labor did nothing to halt the rise in youth unemployment during six years in power. If elected, Labor would abolish the successful Youth Jobs PaTH program that has helped more than 43,000 young people into jobs, leaving them without critical opportunities to help them get a job.
- We are bringing youth unemployment down and have overseen the biggest yearly increase in youth job creation in history.
- With our plan, we will build on this record and secure a better future for the next generation.