201601.14

Empowering Youth Initiatives to help young Dunkley people into jobs

Thursday 14 January 2016

Not-for-profit organisations with fresh ideas and innovative proposals intended to help vulnerable local young people find and keep a job now have a chance to secure funding support for these different approaches under a new Australian Government program.

I urge the many terrific, effective and forward thinking local not-for-profit organisations to turn to their ideas on how to better support young job seekers into meaningful work and to make full use of the Turnbull Coalition Government initiative.

Local providers like the Brotherhood of St Laurence have attracted philanthropic funding support from the United States competing with the world’s best ideas as they succeed with Frankston-based program.

We know that fresh ideas and new approaches are percolating in our local area and now funding is accessible much closer to home.

The Coalition Government has released the grant guidelines for the new Empowering YOUth Initiatives, inviting organisations to apply for funding to deliver projects that help young people at risk of welfare dependency into employment.

The Government recognises that some young people face greater barriers to finding and holding onto a job than their peers, for example those who leave school early or come from a different cultural background.

The Coalition Government is investing $50 million in the Empowering YOUth Initiatives – to give young people the extra help they need to move into work.

The Empowering YOUth Initiatives are part of the $331 million Youth Employment Strategy announced in the 2015-16 Budget and follows the release of guidelines for the new Transition to Work service, a further Government initiative to tackle youth unemployment.

The Government is keen to leverage off the local knowledge and experience of community organisations working closely with vulnerable young people.

The learnings from these trials will be used to shape future service delivery to achieve better employment outcomes for young people

The first round of projects will commence from March 2016.

More information and eligibility details can be found at: http://www.employment.gov.au/employment-services-procurement-information