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Northern jobless youth make a date with employment

05 Dec 2014

Imagine this: you’ve just graduated from your course or left school, and now it’s time to leap into the world of work so you can start building your future.  Now imagine this: two years later, still no success getting a job, and your vision of a bright future is well and truly battered.

This is the reality for many young people in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, where youth unemployment is at a fifteen year high. In the north west of Melbourne, ABS figures show the youth unemployment rate has risen by 31% over the past 12 months, going from 13.1% to 17.2% in that period.

The Jobs for Youth Campaign 2014 aims to improve this situation with an initial two-month program of innovative activities to link young job seekers with local employers.

Launched on 9 October by representatives from the Inner Northern Local Learning & Employment Network (INLLEN), the Cities of Darebin and Yarra and Moreland City Council, and Melbourne Polytechnic’s Youth Connections, the Jobs for Youth program aimed to get 100 young people into jobs by the end of November 2014.

The program is based on the concept that successfully finding a job, especially when young, often has a lot to do with connections and relationships.  The events on the two-month program therefore focus on connecting job seekers with local employers through job expos and Emerging Industries site tours.

It also encompasses the Real Industries Job Interviews work readiness program in schools and ‘What employers want’ panel session and training site facilities tours with local Group Training Organisations focusing on apprenticeships and traineeships. More information is available on the Jobs for Youth Campaign calendar at

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Youth Connections has contributed in a number of ways, providing funding and being heavily involved in the activities of various groups associated with the program.  Students from Melbourne Polytechnic’s Youth Unit are taking part in the Jobs for Youth job expos, and staff members including Teresa Cusack and Fran MacMahon Sers, from Melbourne Polytechnic’s Youth Unit, are involved in the management committees of Yarra Youth Commitment and INLLEN.

“Melbourne Polytechnic has long been committed to contributing to community organisations and the wellbeing of young people in the community,” said Ms MacMahon Sers. “We’re very pleased to be assisting with the Jobs for Youth campaign.”

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to assisting its graduates with job readiness, and among its many programs it recently launched The Working Wardrobe, a not-for-profit clothing store selling clothes suitable for a variety of workplace situations, with money raised being used to outfit disadvantaged students for the workplace.  Initially the store is only open for Melbourne Polytechnic students but the aim is to expand it to the local community.  Anyone who would like to donate new or good quality clothing suitable for the workplace can get in touch with the Melbourne Polytechnic Work Education Centre on 03 9269 8390.

For more information on the Jobs for Youth program, or if you have a vacancy for one of the north’s young job seekers, please contact Skye d’Avoine, Project Manager, Jobs for Youth Campaign, on 0437 509 799 or 

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Media enquiries should be directed to the Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1556207241e.tim1556207241n@aio1556207241catin1556207241a1556207241

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and six specialist training centres throughout Melbourne’s north and south east plus a regional campus at Ararat. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.

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