Brimbank,
21
September
2018
|
06:00
Australia/Melbourne

New strategy focuses on youth and jobs

Summary

Brimbank Council’s first Youth Jobs Strategy is ripe and ready for implementation.

The new Brimbank Youth Jobs Strategy 2018-2023 creates a framework for effectively considering and responding to high youth unemployment rates in Brimbank and will guide Council’s response.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the strategy was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 September, following the release of the draft strategy to the community in July-August this year.

“This is a much needed strategy in Brimbank given unemployment is a big issue for youth in our community.

Taking action to curb youth unemployment

“Disturbing Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016 Census) figures indicate Brimbank is well above the State average, with more than 2,900 young people living here experiencing unemployment.

“We want to take action and turn this data around – that’s why the strategy was developed - and why it’s so important for the future of our young people.

“We took a leading practice approach to develop the strategy and worked alongside young people, who live, work or socialise in Brimbank and got them involved in identifying problems and solutions around youth unemployment.

Improving outcomes

“We also learned from case studies and initiatives to improve youth employment outcomes and illustrated practical ways to change negative stereotypes impacting young people experiencing unemployment in Brimbank.

“In recognition of the central role of employment in young people’s lives, it was decided early in the process that the strategy should be developed by local young people, for local young people with their local Council.

“We’re proud of the outcome and the collaborative approach that was undertaken to develop the strategy,” Cr Giudice said.

Read the Brimbank Youth Jobs Strategy 2018-2023.