A statewide partnership that helps young people bridge the gap between school and employment will collapse unless the Napthine Government steps in.DARREN LINTON May 16, 2014 4:23am
Tuesday’s federal budget cut $50
Shepparton’s Jennifer Hippisley, chairwoman of the Victorian Local Learning and Employment State Network that represents 31 LLEN organisations that deliver the Partnership Broker program in Victoria, said the services would stop this year without federal funding.
‘‘It is now clear the Australian Government has no real plan to help young people transition to a job in a stagnant labour market where youth unemployment is already running above 12 per cent,’’ Ms Hippisley, also the Goulburn Murray LLEN head, said.
‘‘From the end of this year services the network provides such as ensuring young people have access to training and job-ready skills, partnering businesses and young job seekers, and building job and training relationships between local schools and industry will discontinue.’’
Ms Hippisley said 450 community sector workers would be out of a job and a critical employment program would stop, as there were no state or local government plans to pick up the services.
‘‘The loss of the network won’t just be damaging to youth employment outcomes, it stands as a retrograde public policy decision,’’ she said.
‘‘Despite clear commitments on the youth employment and youth participation in Liberal-Nationals pre-election policy, the Coalition Government has broken a promise to young Australians.’’
The Partnership Brokers National Network resulted from a bipartisan federal and state government commitment to help tackle youth unemployment by improving the rate of successful youth transitions from school to employment.
Based on last year’s figures, the cost to the taxpayer for each individual benefiting stands at less than $200.
Local networks are calling on the Victorian Government to provide the $12
‘‘In the context of the 2014-15 federal budget, we are working with stakeholders to develop transition arrangements to ensure we can continue to support young people through pathways to learning, training and employment,’’ Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon said.
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The garden is the work of more than 100 people and has taken more than a decade to complete. Aboriginal community devleopment worker Chris Thorne shared stories of Benalla's Indigenous heritage.
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