New Youth Employment Program launched

Adam Crouch temp speakerParliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch

The Central Coast is one of four areas across the state where the NSW Government has introduced a new employment program for young people.
Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, said he urged young unemployed people to take part in the $65 million employment program to help them get training, overcome employment barriers, and secure lasting jobs.
He said the Youth Employment Program is part of the NSW government’s $100m Smart Skilled and Hired initiative.
“This new Youth Employment Program will help eligible young people aged 15-24 in the Western Sydney, the Central Coast/Hunter, New England/North West and the North Coast regions to target and reduce high youth unemployment.”
Mr Crouch said that 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/Central Coast region.
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, Mr Barilaro, 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.”

Media release, Jun 30
Wendy Masula, office of Adam Crouch