A Note From Judith

Casey’s Youth Unemployment Crisis

We are hurtling towards a social disaster where a whole generation of our youth will not get a start in life.

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 has fallen to 57.6 per cent and one third of all underemployed in the state are aged between 15-24 years of age.

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.

It is a developing tragedy that many of our young people are unable to afford or even access further study or training, let alone find work.

The youth unemployment crisis gripping Casey was high on the agenda when students from Fountain Gate Secondary College’s Future Problem Solving team, ENGAGE recently met with me at Parliament.

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.

ENGAGE is looking to put an end to the youth unemployment, 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.

We must all work together to ensure we can provide our young people with the opportunities they need to get ahead in life.

Youth unemployment continues to run high as the Napthine Government takes an axe to education, TAFE and training budgets, reducing opportunities for the unemployed.

An Andrews Labor Government will confront the youth unemployment crisis.

Labor has a Plan for Jobs and Growth, a commitment to put money back into TAFE and a commitment to put $32 million back into the Local Learning Employment Networks (LLENs) programs.

Labor is putting people first.