Scot MacDonald
11th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that two innovative local projects had progressed to the second stage of a $10 million NSW Liberal National Government funding program to help tackle youth unemployment. of Newcastle and a Newcastle and Central Coast based team running the ‘Learner Driver Hack App – DriveConnex’ project were among 17 projects that successfully pitched for financial support at an event in Sydney earlier this month.

“The Youth Employment Innovation Challenge is bringing communities and government together on innovative projects to assist disadvantaged young people aged 15-24 into work or training to help overcome youth unemployment,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I’m delighted and Learner Driver Hack App – DriveConnex have got through to this stage. They will both now receive training, mentoring and up to $100,000 in funding to develop their ideas into workable business models which can be rolled out locally.”

“‘Learner Driver Hack App – DriveConnex’ is a new app and web platform to connect learner drivers to driving instructors to get their 120 hour requirement for a licence, helping young people overcoming transport barriers to employment.” is working on a new project called ‘Next-Generation AI-enabled Resumes’ which is a new platform to enable young people to create resumes using artificial intelligence and video, to overcome the need for a written resume.”

“This approach of working with startups and scaleups makes a lot of sense and shows some very innovative leadership in this area by the NSW Government,” Craig Williams of said.

“Our team is currently working hard on understanding exactly how the platform can address this challenge and would like to call on all youth employers, and those involved in the youth employment ecosystem, in NSW to support us by getting in touch and letting us know how we can solve this issue together.”

Successful projects that make it through to the third and final stage may be able to access up to $850,000 in funding.

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