The youth unemployment crisis gripping Casey was high on the agenda when students from Fountain Gate Secondary College’s Future Problem Solving team, ENGAGE visited Parliament earlier this week.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today showed that the youth unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 in the south east has risen to an alarming 17.4 per cent. 

It was also revealed that the workforce participation rate of people aged 15-24 had fallen to 57.6 per cent. 

Team ENGAGE is looking to tackle the issue of youth disengagement and unemployment in the local community by introducing a careers program for students in year seven.

As part of their project they met with the Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs Martin Foley and the State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley to discuss what more could be done to reengage with young people in the local community.

Following the meeting Ms Graley spoke in Parliament about team ENGAGE and the importance of their work to the many young people facing an uncertain future in Casey.

“There is no doubt that many young people in our community are giving up, they can`t get a job, afford to go to university or TAFE and simply have nowhere left to go,”

“ENGAGE is looking to put an end to this, they are looking to actively engage with young people and get them on the right track from the very beginning of high school,”

“Their passion and enthusiasm to find a solution to our youth unemployment crisis was truly inspirational and I have no doubt that they will make a marked difference in the lives of their classmates,”

 “It’s time we all worked together to ensure our young people get the right start in life.”