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Monday, 22 September 2014
Page: 10109

Education, Training and Employment Programs

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this House:

(1) notes the importance of supporting young people transition from school into work or further training and preventing them from falling into the trap of unemployment;

(2) recognises the important work done in ensuring that students are supported to make the transition through:

(a)the Youth Connections program that has a proven track record in helping young people who have not or are at risk of not completing year 12, transition back into school or further education, training and employment;

(b)the School Business Community Partnership Brokers program which builds partnerships between schools and the wider community including business and charities that help young people achieve year 12 or equivalent qualifications; and

(c)National Career Development Strategy services that support vital links between industry, students and training options;

(3) is extremely concerned that there is no funding in the budget for these programs past 1 January 2015; and

(4) calls on the Government to immediately reverse its decision to no longer fund these programs past the 2014 calendar year.