The Berrima District Rotary Club is supporting the Highlands Community Centre in funding the ON TRACK program which start on 3rd July 2015.
Building and Strengthening Employability skills in 18 to 25 year olds.
Motivation behind developing program:
In 2012, one in four Australians aged 18 to 24 were not studying, learning new skills or working, according to the COAG Reform Council. In the same year, our teenagers were three times more likely to be unemployed than adults.
Youth unemployment currently represents just under 40% of all unemployment in Australia.
Youth residing in areas of high disadvantage are particularly at risk of disengaging from work or study. If a young man or woman comes from a home where neither parent works, they are less likely to have the family contacts to land that all-important first job. Combined with no financial means to access further training, they face a double barrier.
If youth unemployment continues at its current rate, communities will be put on risk of an increase in rates of petty crime, domestic violence, alcohol and other drug abuse and give young people very little opportunity to escape the cycle of disadvantage.
Who is the program aimed at?
18 to 25 year olds
What the program will do:
- Provide access to programs for 18 to 25 year olds that develop skills and experience for occupations relevant to employment in our area.
- Skills include
- RSA and RCG
- Barista Training
- Safe Food Handling
- Employment Issues
- Experience includes:
- At least 20 hours unpaid work experience in a local business in their field of training, e.g. Hospitality – Café, Restaurant, Club.
- Skills include
Duration and Involvement:
The program will run for 8 weeks, one day per week. With six weeks based at the Youth Hub at Loseby Park, Bowral and the last two weeks will be the Work Experience component of the program at a local business.
The program will incur no cost to participants.