Empowering young people to thrive in a new world of work
Conference Date
16th & 17th October 2018
CQ Functions Melbourne
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Driving a community wide approach to support young people into meaningful employment
The landscape of education and employment is changing rapidly. Impacted by AI, automation and the changing nature of work, young people will be moving into new and different jobs - many that may not yet exist. Young people can expect to have upwards of 17 jobs in 5 industries over the course of their working life. This is requiring greater investment across education and employment sectors in building 21st century skill sets that will enable young people to adapt to changing career paths and opportunities.

The Youth Pathways to Further Education & Employment conference will bring together stakeholders from across education and employment to showcase practical strategies to improve pathways, partnerships and engagement for youth.

Attend & learn strategies to 
  • Equip youth with 21st century skill sets
  • Work with disengaged youth to improve education & employment outcomes
  • Improve pathways from school to employment & tertiary education to employment
  • Forge mutually beneficial partnerships between industry, schools, universities & community

Who will attend?
Representatives from
  • State & Federal Government
  • Universities
  • Vocational Education & Training (VET)
  • Schools
  • Councils & LLENs
  • Youth NGOs
  • Career & Employment Services

With responsibilities for
    • Skills & Employment Services
    • Youth Support & Engagement
    • Community/Economic Development
    • Education Pathways & Transitions
    • Careers Advice
    • Industry Partnerships
    • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Attend to learn:

  • Equip youth with 21st century & transferable skill sets
  • Engage youth through tailored & innovative programs
  • Forge mutually beneficial community partnerships for improved pathways

Key Speakers

Alecia Rathbone
Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary
Foundation for Young Australians
Lyndal Groom
Branch Manager, Student Participation
Department of Education & Training
Mary Faraone
Chief Executive
Holmesglen Institute
Judie Kay
Director, Careers & Employability
RMIT University


What People Are Saying

  • “The Future of Youth Skills and Employment Conference tackled some tough issues and challenged current behaviors and practice while offering strategies for positive change”

    Andrew Grimshaw
    National Workforce Development Manager, The Hornery Institute Future of Youth Skills & Employment Conference, past attendee, 2018
  • “This was a conference that challenged your thinking on how to support youth for now and into future”

    Rob Hamilton
    Program Manager, Gateway to Training Future of Youth Skills & Employment Conference past attendee, 2018


  • Date: 18 Jul 2018  By: Ellen Foxall

    In 2018, twenty five year-olds are more educated than ever before. This should be an assuring statistic, a sign of increased career prospects and opportunities for young people. However, 50% of twenty five year-olds are not in full time work, beckoning the question- are we adequately preparing young people to enter the world of work? …

  • Date: 1 Dec 2017  By: Fiona Campbell

    To be equipped for the jobs of tomorrow the youth of today need to learn new transferable entrepreneurial skills to succeed. This means a stronger focus on educators to cultivate entrepreneurial education. But many struggle to find the right resources to engage and inspire disengaged youth. Many youths find the thought of running their own …

  • Date: 3 Nov 2017  By: Lauren Perry

    In a 2016 report published by The World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs, it is estimated that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020, and that the number will continue to rise. As a young Australian who has invested a lot into two undergraduate degrees and is carrying a pretty hefty …

  • Date: 25 Nov 2015  By: Jessica Farrelly

    Poor STEM skills among graduates is contributing to the growing youth unemployment rate in Australia according to a new report by PwC. Australia has slipped four places to 17th in the OECD rankings for employment of under 25s, with data from the PwC Young Workers Index indicating a downward trend in STEM skills, particularly math, …

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