Liberals’ Plan for Jobs: Youth Employment Partnership
- 07 Feb, 2014
A majority Liberal government will have creating jobs as its number one priority.
As part of our plan to reduce unemployment, we will partner with Whitelion in a new $360,000, three-year program to tackle Tasmania’s high youth unemployment rate.
The partnership will help up to 200 at-risk young people to become job-ready and find long-term employment, or re-engage in vocational education and training.
While Tasmania’s unemployment rate is the worst in the nation at 7.7 per cent, Tasmania’s youth unemployment rate is nearly three times that at 20.5 per cent.
The Youth Employment Partnership will target young people aged 16-25, who are disengaged from education and at risk, or young people who have become involved with the youth justice system.
Under the program, Whitelion will provide tailored solutions to ensure job-readiness by helping to connect young people to the skills they need to get a job in the first instance.
Case worker support will assist young people keep on track with their goals, and Whitelion will use its established network of corporate partners to provide employment opportunities, while building new partnerships.
This multi-faceted approach with at-risk youth has proven successful in other States in helping young people into long-term employment, and preventing offending or re-offending.
Post job placement support will also assist young people to sustain their job, with a focus on workforce expectations and behaviours.
The Liberals’ have set a target of reducing Tasmania’s unemployment rate to the national average in our first four years of office, and tailored solutions such as a Youth Employment Partnership with Whitelion will assist us to achieve that goal.
A majority Liberal Government will contribute $300,000 to the program, with Whitelion providing a $60,000 contribution.
The Liberals’ commitment comes from the $500 million in savings we have already identified.