Are You 15-24 Years Old, Unemployed and Not in Training? We Want You.

Are you 15-24 years old, unemployed and not in education or training? We want to hear your story, your perspective, your experiences and ideas so please participate in this survey.

JobGetter is working with the NSW Government to help more young people get a job. We can’t do that without talking to you, Australia’s next generation. 

The Australian Government simply doesn’t know enough about what it’s like for someone looking for their first job — or first few jobs.  So, the information you share with us will help us show them what you’re experiencing and how best to help. 

Click here to take this short survey to share your insights… Submit your answers and you’ll go into the draw for one of five $50 JB Hi-Fi vouchers.

If you’re open to chatting further, mark your survey to let us know you’re willing to participate in a paid interview and we’ll reach out with more details. 

Why We Care

At JobGetter, we know firsthand how hard it can be to get a job.

Fiona and I started this business as frustrated job seekers seven years ago because we slipped through the cracks. There was no solution that was designed to help us find work — so we decided to solve our own problem and build a technology platform that actually helped people get a job, not just send application after application to a wasteland of silence.

Fast forward to today, our team now spans four countries and the JobGetter platform is internationally-recognized as one of the top job tech platforms to watch.

Why? Because we keep solving the problems people face getting into work.

We’ve made it our job to turn job seekers into JobGetters.

We are really excited to be working with the NSW Government to solve the challenges young people face getting into the workforce. And, we can’t do that without you, Australia’s next generation. 

We hope you’ll take the time to share your voice and tell us how we can help you best. 


What is the Youth Employment Innovation Challenge?

The NSW Department of Industry and the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation launched the Youth Employment Innovation Challenge to seek out innovative solutions and ideas that support young people to find employment in NSW, with a focus on regional areas.

The goal of the Innovation Challenge is to develop projects that investigate, design and implement better ways of helping young people with multiple and complex barriers to find work.

The target group the Challenge is seeking to help young people who are: 

  • 15 – 24 years old
  • In at-risk groups
  • Early school leavers or disengaged from school
  • Not in education, employment or training
  • Not receiving income support payments or under any other Commonwealth program 

Specifically, the Government and selected participants are seeking solutions that address the following:

  • How can we develop and promote clearer pathways, so young people can make informed decisions about their employment options?
  • How can we better connect young people and employers, so that they are the right fit for each other?
  • How can we bring employers on the journey to create more youth inclusive work environments?
  • How can we assist young people who have transport barriers to access training and employment opportunities?
  • How can we enable young people to identify their skills and for employers recognise those skills?

The Challenge of Youth Employment

High youth unemployment hampers economic growth and can have a negative effect on a person’s future. Youth is an important time for choosing a career, gaining and developing skills, establishing an identity and obtaining independence.

Unfortunately, youth unemployment remains a persistent issue, particularly as unemployed youth form a large proportion of the total unemployed population. Regional youth unemployment rates remain high across NSW, with a number of regions recording unemployment rates above the state average (highlighted in the image below).

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Source: ABS cat. No. 6291.0.55.001 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed – Electronic Delivery, Oct 2017

There are a multitude of causes for the sustained level of youth unemployment, but the impact is felt greatest by young people considered at risk or already experiencing long-term unemployment. At-risk group categories include young people with a disability, First Australians, those with caring responsibilities, young people from low socio-economic communities and those with low educational attainment.

Many young people also experience individual barriers to employment, such as limited access to transport or education, drug and alcohol abuse or unstable housing that may increase their risk of unemployment. 

How You Can Play a Part

Over the next two years, we’ll be working with community leaders, Universities, TAFE and colleges, businesses, local councils, job agencies and young people themselves to create centres of influence to advise, engage, inform and excite young people about jobs and, most importantly, how to get them.

If you think you can help play a part — we’d love to hear from you. 

Specifically, we’re looking for:

Parents — We’re building functionality into JobGetter specifically designed to help you help your working-age children (and friends’ children) so if you’re interested in beta-testing these new features and providing your valuable feedback insights, please get in touch.

Workers/Peers — Are you 15-24 years old and working? If so, we’d love to speak to you! In our opinion, you are the most powerful influencer in an at-risk youth’s circle of influence. Help us inspire others in your age bracket by sharing in your own words what your job involves, what you like/dislike, how you got your job, why you work, your advice, insights and more. This content will help give other young people a reference they can relate to and provide a backstage pass into what means to be involved in the workforce ecosystem. 

Partners — Long term, sustainable employment outcomes require a multi-pronged solution that brings all players into one collaborative platform. If you are a like-minded organisation or individual and would like to work together to set the standard for how to tackle youth unemployment, we would love to hear from you. 

Interested? Please click here to reach out and connect…

 

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