Youth unemployment continues to be a big issue in Australia. Nationally, around 12.4% of all young people are unemployed as structural and personal barriers impact the ability for young people to secure work and transition from education to employment.
On top of this, the employment landscape is rapidly evolving; pathways are less linear and the impact of Industry 4.0 means that young people now will be stepping into new jobs that might not exist yet.
Whilst this brings new opportunities it also creates more choice, confusion and challenges for young people. However, one thing is clear, youth need to be more adaptable, resilient and equipped with the right information, skills and work experience for the next wave of change and innovation. So how can we achieve this and re-engage youth on a pathway to meaningful employment?
The Youth Pathways to Further Education, Training & Employment conference will bring together representatives across government, community, education, employment and industry to collaborate and showcase national and local approaches to provide young people with a more seamless transition to employment.
Hear from leaders across education, employment and industry across a highly interactive program
Attend and learn
- Strategies to build cross-sector partnerships to enrich youth employment opportunities
- How to work with disengaged youth and young people with mental ill-health
- Innovation happening in school to work transition and new entry pathways
- Tools, skills and resources to support youth career management and navigation
- How to better align education, training and industry to improve youth employment outcomes
- About the changing job market and effective approaches to prepare young people for the future of work
- State & Federal Government
- Local Councils & LLENs
- Private & NFP Employment Services
- School, University & Vocational Education & Training (VET)
- Youth NGOs
- Skills & Employment Services
- Community/Economic Development
- Education Pathways & Transitions
- Industry Partnerships
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Youth Support & Engagement
Attend to learn:
- National & state government initiatives to drive youth employability
- Building strong cross-sector partnerships to support skill building opportunities
- Community infrastructure to deliver employment solutions & link youth to local opportunities
- Effective pathways & strategies to re-engage disengaged youth
- Navigating choice in employment pathways – solving the big challenge young people face
- A holistic approach for structuring & building youth entrepreneur programs
- COLLABORATE & INNOVATE: Cross-sector problem-solving
- Harvesting production relationships: Aligning TAFE with industry to improve student employment outcomes
- Case study: A place-based initiative to drive longterm employment in the aged care, home care, community care & disability sectors
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Jenny has been serving the business community for over 30 years as a senior manager within industry associations, including 16 years as a CEO of associations largely in the services sector.
Commencing with the Australian Hotels Association as their Industrial & Research Officer in 1984, Jenny then served as Project Manager at Tourism’s Industry Training Advisory Board in the early 1990s.
Jenny took on her first CEO role in 1994 as head of Restaurant & Catering NSW, and then jointly held the NSW and national Restaurant and Catering CEO role until 1999. She has also been CEO of Meetings & Events Australia, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and the National Tourism Alliance, which is the peak body for tourism associations nationally. She commenced with the Australian Chamber in 2011 and is responsible for policy development and advocacy in vocational training, higher education, schools, employment and migration.
Baden is a nationally recognised designer of experiential entrepreneurship education programs. He is Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre and leads the entrepreneurship and innovation disciplines in the Bond Business School. He is cofounder of an ag-tech startup (BlockGrain), a niche veterinary business (Pet Wellness Centres) and has a background in commercial banking and private equity.
Department of Education & Training
Dr Lyndal Groom is the Branch Manager, Student Participation Branch in the Improving Student Outcomes Group at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Lyndal’s responsibilities cover policies and programs to support and enhance student outcomes across the span of compulsory education. This covers student wellbeing, Indigenous Strategy and the transition into school and pathways from school to employment and further education and training as well as parent, community and industry engagement in school education.
Robin Kuhne joined Sunraysia TAFE in 2017 as General Manager of Education. Robin has combined an industry base knowledge of employment and training with VET having commenced his working career as a Steel Fabricator via the Apprenticeship pathway. Robin has been the General Manager of a diverse Group Training Organisation that included oversight of 300 Apprentices and Trainees and built an RTO arm in a time of significant change that was the introduction of the demand driven Victorian Training Guarantee initiative.
Robin forms part of a new and dynamic leadership team at Sunraysia TAFE that is leading significant change. In a short space of time this has led to Sunraysia TAFE being ranked number one TAFE in Victoria for Student Employment Outcomes, Employer Recommendation and is recognising 28% growth on enrolments to lead all Victorian based TAFE’s.
What People Are Saying
“The Youth Pathways conference was well paced and very informative. There were
plenty of opportunities for interaction with the speakers and for networking with
other participants throughout both days.”Vocational Education and Training Coordinator, Swan Hill College
Date: 4 Sep 2018 By: Ash Natesh
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