Youth employment continues to be a high priority national concern, with a number of new and recurring pressures still yet to be overcome. Less than half of young people in education feel confident in achieving their post-school goals, and almost two thirds say they can foresee significant barriers in reaching meaningful employment.
Australia is facing new challenges; we live in a time of digital disruption where skillsets of the future are evolving, funding changes are restricting opportunities and economic turbulence is generating uncertainty in the future. Disengagement continues to be prevalent among today’s youth groups, and while progress is being made, there are still gaps left to be filled.
The 5th Future of Youth Employment Forum offers a unique opportunity to engage with cross-sector experts working to tackle youth unemployment across the board. With presentations from key leaders in State and Federal Government, the Education and NFP sector, the forum focusses on a ‘how to’ approach to engage, prepare and support young Australians into work through meaningful and sustainable pathways and targeted support.
SENIOR THOUGHT LEADERS
“Akolade’s conferences on Youth Employment are a quality nation-wide program, ahead of competitors... It is engaging, interesting & prompts attendees with a range of real examples.”
“The conference programme was exceptional - thought provoking and practical at the same time. Sensational Western Australian leaders working with disengaged youth were represented and provided a brilliant perspective of the work being undertaken to meet the needs of our young people.”
“Attending the 4th Future of Youth Employment Forum was beneficial in keeping up with some of the rapid changes occurring within the career pathways, education and training contexts. Hearing first hand some of the innovative practices emerging and research findings will assist in keeping abreast of the changes our young people and educators face”
“This conference was very worthwhile. I Felt inspired and found out that there are many other services and individuals wanting to make a difference and be part of the change. We are moving forward in recognising the needs of our Youth and it is great to witness everyone's contribution and passion to the root.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable conference, filled with interesting and useful insights into the rapidly changing world of media and corporate communications.”
Director, Employability Skills Training, Youth and Programs Group
Department of Jobs and Small BusinessesView
Deputy Director and General Manager, Questacon
Department of Industry, Innovation and ScienceView
Director, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
Swinburne University of TechnologyView
Managing Director, eCareers Academy, Vice-President,
Career Development Council of Australia (CDAA), NSW DivisionView
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