Media Release – FUTURES FORUM TACKLES YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT ISSUES

Bundaberg Regional Council has teamed up with key local industry representatives to tackle issues relating to youth unemployment within the region.

Council’s Economic Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Greg Barnes said the inaugural Bundaberg Student Futures Forum, held on November 06, saw local educators, training providers, community groups, employers and government officers join forces.

“This forum sets out to address issues around youth workforce engagement throughout the region,” Cr Barnes said.

“Youth unemployment is certainly high on the agenda with the program aimed at establishing stronger links between schools, employers and the community with a focus on schools as an employment hub.

“This will not only assist in addressing youth unemployment, ensuring students are appropriately placed to be work-ready upon graduation but will also have a positive impact on skills shortages.”

Cr Barnes said the inaugural conference was a resounding success with quality speakers in attendance.

“It was a very positive morning and many in attendance have lodged their interest to continue working with the networks that will form as a result of this event.

“It is particularly encouraging to see industry represented at the forum. 

“These business and industry representatives are the most direct link to future employment opportunities and this is their opportunity to work with the local schools to achieve a better educated and trained workforce with the types of employability skills they require in employees.”

The programme featured speakers from Council and the Department of Employment & Training in addition to local employers.

Keynote speaker Bruce Sullivan brought a positive and energetic attitude to the event and those in attendance.

“We expect that the event will mark the beginning of a fruitful network of like-minded individuals who can work together to create better opportunities for our region’s younger job seekers,” Cr Barnes said.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Council’s Youth Development Officer Andrea Bax on 4130 4150 or email youth@bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

ENDS

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