The Issue our Youth are Facing
Skills development, and school-to-work transition programs are more important than ever when it comes to preparing youth for the changing employment market.
The employment landscape is undergoing significant change. Rapid technological advancements are seeing more traditional industries contract and it is expected that some 40% of current jobs will be automated over the next 10-15 years.
The current youth job market reality is alarming – Youth unemployment (12.28% in March 2016, compared to the nation’s unemployment rate of 5.7%), disengagement in school (1 in 4 don’t finish Year 12 or equivalent), and drop-out rates in apprenticeships (50%) and in university (40%). For young Australians in disadvantaged communities the statistics are even more alarming.
At the same time, industries are struggling to find skilled people to fill well-paid jobs. A 2015 Australian Industry Group study found that 44% of companies had positions they could not fill.
That’s why reinventing Australia’s mindset around job training, and supporting young Australians navigate the school-to-work transition is so critical.