Jobs and education for the Wyn

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Jobs and education for the Wyn

Young people in Wyndham will be given an insight into the world of tertiary education thanks to the inaugural ‘For the Wyn’ Education and Careers Expo.

Organised by the Wyndham Youth Task Force—a group of young people aged 16 to 25 who come together weekly to develop and implement activities to support young people in Wyndham—the expo will feature information stalls, presentations and workshops aimed at helping young people enter the workforce.

Wyndham City’s Learning City portfolio holder, Cr Josh Gilligan, said the Expo had been developed by young people, for young people.

Cr Josh Gilligan

“We take youth unemployment really seriously, which is why we have launched initiatives like the Fresh Start leadership program. This initiative is targeted towards young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and includes a six-week training program, at the end of which the participants will be interviewed for local jobs”

“The ‘For the Wyn’ Education and Careers Expo will be a great event that help give young people the information and resources they need to help them pursue further education and employment,” Cr Gilligan said, adding that there will be speakers from a range of universities, TAFEs and businesses with a wealth of knowledge at their disposal.

“During Wyndham City’s annual Youth Forums, many young people told us they wanted to have more information about the tertiary education available to them, including mainstream options like university and TAFE, and alternative career pathways,” Cr Gilligan said.

“We know that employment is a major issue in Wyndham, with our overall unemployment rate currently around 6.95 per cent. Almost 11 per cent of young people in Wyndham are classified as disengaged, meaning they are neither working nor studying,” he added.

Cr Gilligan said an events such as this will support local young people in developing their leadership and life skills, while also helping them to be informed about their choices for tertiary education and employment.

Cr Gilligan said this new career expo was just one of many things Council was doing to help drive youth employment.

“We take youth unemployment really seriously, which is why we have launched initiatives like the Fresh Start leadership program. This initiative is targeted towards young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and includes a six-week training program, at the end of which the participants will be interviewed for local jobs,” he said.

“We are also currently revising our internship and graduate program, which will give young people an opportunity to gain valuable skills that can help them in their future careers,” he added.

The ‘For the Wyn’ Education and Careers Expo will be held at the Julia Gillard Library, 150 Sunset Views Blvd, Tarneit, from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 19 September.

For more information visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/wyn-education-and-careers-expo.

 

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