The Federal Government has selected Australia’s leading not-for-profit employment services provider, CoAct, to lead the reintroduction of youth employment services in the Bundaberg region.
IMPACT Community Services is a proud member of CoAct and have been charged with delivering the Transition to Work service in Bundaberg and surrounds. Transition to Work is a service to support young people aged 15–21 on their journey to employment. Wide Bay experiences high rates of youth unemployment, with December youth unemployment figures for the region 70.25 per cent higher than the national average.
“We’re really excited to be offer such a comprehensive program to the local youth. There’s a strong focus on practical intervention and work experience, which will help build each person’s individual skills, confidence and readiness to engage in employment,” said IMPACT’s Chief Executive Tanya O’Shea. Local employers will also be receiving help from the IMPACT employment team to ensure each new match meets the needs of their specific business. The youth wage subsidy of up to $6,500 over 12 months may be available to help employers take on new starters.
CoAct CEO, Matt Little said IMPACT is well equipped to deliver the new service. “IMPACT is part of the fabric of the region. Their commitment to raising the aspirations of young people and meeting the needs of employers will ensure that Transition to Work services will be guided by the needs of the area, as well as align with national priorities in regards to reducing youth unemployment,” Mr Little said.