The Youth Take Over initiative will address the problems young people face entering the labour market after leaving school in the Loddon Campaspe region.
This project will bring about a better system of support to help young people who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment enter our growing industries.
Youth research shows young people need a supportive eco-system that can address all the barriers they face and help generate local solutions that attach them to pathways and jobs.
Research shows supportive ecosystems need to be:
local and flexible (place based) driven by local assessment of the needs and interests of young people
co-designed with industry and services (human, skills/training, jobs services, etc), to create packages of coordinated activity and system reform
sustained over time.
The project will support young people who may find themselves unemployed in their first year out of school, to build pathways to employment in an industry that interests them (and for that industry to in turn meet and learn from young people).
A key element will involve facilitating short initiatives of up to two months in which a group of up to 10 young people work on a project that leads to a “take over” of something in an industry.
Young people will be trained by community and industry experts to learn about the industry and develop the skills they need to run their Take Over.
Working closely with four Local Learning and Employment Networks (see below), the project will be responsive to the needs of a range of communities to develop place-based initiatives that can meet the key objectives of the funding.
Support from the Kirkland Lake Gold Community Partnership ensures the Take Overs and other initiatives are of high quality, and not only involve the young people as participants, but as support peer facilitators.
It will work in a way that maximises what already exists in communities, involves other programs/services/organisations, and builds the capacity for the community to run the Take Overs themselves in the future.
Over the life of the program initiatives that are developed and delivered across the Loddon Campaspe region will provide at least 50 young people with an employment outcome.
This will build an exciting and innovative youth employment support system long term, that offers every young person having difficulty working out what to do after school, opportunities.
give young people the work experience, skills (teamwork, project management, organisation skills) and industry contacts that research shows are vital to them overcoming disadvantage in the labour market. They will be trained and mentored by community and industry experts so they can plan and run their event, while learning about the industry and the jobs within it as they go.
give employers a chance to see their business from a youth perspective and fresh ideas. Take Overs and other initiatives will allow industry to build a pipeline to young people and their families, to help them engage with a younger customer base.
embed capacity across our communities and industries, to create a better, flexible, locally designed youth unemployment support system for our region, long term. As we expand, we want to see every young person who participates offered a guarantee of support to set them up for life.
employment for at least 50 young people
For more information, contact Ella Hughes by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0476 772 388.