Applications to upskill youth in Western Sydney now open

Thursday, 05 March 2015

Businesses and community groups in Western Sydney can now apply for support to boost the skills of youth under youth stream pilot programmes, through the Australian Government's Industry Skills Fund.

The programmes offer new ways of delivering skilled young employees to businesses in Blacktown, Mount Druitt and surrounding suburbs in the electorates of Chifley and Greenway and to those in parts of the electorate of McMahon.

Our Government is pursuing innovative ways to address youth unemployment by undertaking two youth pilot programmes that will meet the needs of business while also helping young people to get back into school, start vocational education and training (VET) or get a job.

These initiatives will help not only Western Sydney businesses and young people, but also the community as a whole, particularly at this time of high youth unemployment.

Under the Training for Employment Scholarships, up to 7,500 scholarships of up to $7,500 for youths aged 18-24 are available to micro, small and medium businesses who hire an unemployed person for 12 months to support the costs of training that makes them work-ready.

The Youth Employment Pathways programme will provide assistance to 3,000 youth who are not in work, training or school. Eligible community service organisations can receive funding of up to $2,000 to support 15 to 18-year-olds, to get back into school, start VET or move into the workforce.

Trialling the pilot programmes in selected regions ensures future youth programmes are effective and are linked to results. We are not offering training for training’s sake but investigating the optimal ways to get young unemployed Australians into work.

Western Sydney businesses and community service organisations have until 29 February 2016 to apply through the online application form.

For more information, or to apply, visit www.business.gov.au/youthstream or call 13 28 46.