CENTRELINK MEDICARE: Centrelink building in Woongarra St Bundaberg.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
CENTRELINK MEDICARE: Centrelink building in Woongarra St Bundaberg.Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott BUN101214CENTRE4

Pathways to support young and unemployed

YOUNG people in the Northern Rivers will be given more support and opportunities to transition into the workforce thanks to the roll-out of a new pathways program in regions with high unemployment.

The NSW Government’s new vocation education and training pathways (VET) program is estimated to help an estimated 1000 young people when fully implemented.

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro said the $8 million Regional VET Pathways initiative supports 15 to 19 year olds who are not in study or work find pathways into education, training and employment.

“The Regional VET Pathways program is a service designed to engage young people and help them pursue career opportunities they otherwise may not have had,” Mr Barilaro said.

Mr Barilaro said that Connect Northern Rivers (Richmond-Tweed), Mid Coast Connect Inc (Mid-North Coast) and Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (Capital) had successfully tendered to deliver the services as part of the program.

“We are making sure young people have access to support and guidance to get into training or the workforce, to help tackle youth unemployment in NSW and keep our economy growing.

“Successful providers will deliver career mentoring, and assistance for young people when looking for work experience or transitioning into training and employment, including apprenticeships and traineeships,” Mr Barilaro said.



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