Businesses and community groups in the Kennedy electorate will benefit from commonwealth support for youth skills-development under the Industry Skills Fund.
Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said that Training for Employment Scholarships (TES) and Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) will deliver better outcomes for students, school leavers, community groups and businesses across northern and western Queensland.
“Youth unemployment is an issue across regional Queensland and the federal government is tackling the problem head on.
“These $44 million national pilot programs will meet the needs of business while also assisting young people to get back into school, start vocational education and training (VET) or move into the workforce,” said Senator Macdonald.
Eleven regions across the country have been selected to trial the TES program, including Charters Towers and Ingham. A further 21 regions, including Tully, Innisfail and Malanda, have been selected for the YEP program.
Under the Training for Employment Scholarships (TES), up to 7,500 scholarships of up to $7500 for youths aged 18-24 are available to micro, small and medium businesses who hire an unemployed person for 12 months.
Through the Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) programme eligible community service organisations can receive funding of up to $2,000 to support 15 to 18 year olds to get back into school, start VET or move into the workforce
“This assistance can be anything from a drivers licence to text books: whatever we need to do to give youth in regional Queensland the edge that they need to participate in the national economy,” said Senator Macdonald.
Applications to participate in the programme close on 29 February 2016.
For more information, or to apply, visit www.business.gov.au/youthstream or call 13 28 46.