One hundred and forty young people who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from school will benefit from a new $501,000 Innovation Fund Connecting Youth to Career Pathways project in south-east Melbourne.
The Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis, and the Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke, today congratulated Pow Wow Consulting for committing to help disengaged youth move into further education or employment, by creating pathways and solutions.
“This project, based in Oakleigh, will focus on young people under 20 but will also offer support to early school leavers up to the age of 25,” Ms Ellis said.
“The support service will combine individualised support, mentoring, training, work experience and case management with family support strategies to overcome participant barriers to employment.”
At the breakfast launch this morning Ms Burke said the program will also simultaneously address structural issues within the home or family environment.
“These issues can add pressure to a young person, especially where they may feel powerless to influence familial factors,” Ms Burke said.
“Supporting young people to develop confidence by achieving realistic goals will in turn assist them to better connect with their community.”
Pow Wow Consulting offers innovative solutions to industries facing skills shortages and specialises in skills development, recruitment, and targeted vocational and educational training.
The $41 million Innovation Fund contributes to the achievement of the Australian Government’s Social Inclusion Agenda, which includes supporting innovative strategies to help disadvantaged job seekers find and retain employment.
For more information on the Innovation Fund visit: www.deewr.gov.au/innovationfund