Scot MacDonald
10th Jul 2017

Young people in the Hunter who are unemployed are being urged to take part in a $65 million NSW Government employment program to help them get training, overcome employment barriers, and secure lasting jobs.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Youth Employment Program is part of the NSW government’s $100 million Smart Skilled and Hired initiative.

“This new Youth Employment Program will help eligible young people aged 15-24 get the training and support they need to overcome barriers to employment and secure jobs that will last,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This program will help young people who are not already registered with Commonwealth employment programs and who are not in work or are underemployed.”

Mr MacDonald said following a tender process, Advanced Personnel Management (APM) and The Salvation Army Employment Plus have been selected as Youth Employment Program providers in the Hunter.

These providers will be employed on an outcomes-based contracting model allowing them to design tailored support plans for local participants across areas including life skills, accommodation and transport, training, and health and wellbeing, while also considering the needs of the local labour market.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills said the provider contracts will also have financial incentives linked to young people staying in employment for at least six months.

“The Youth Employment Program will be supported by employers and organisations to connect young people with training and jobs,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Training, mentoring and work experience placements will help young people build their skills and experience to secure lasting employment.”

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