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Job pathways leading from school to work

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MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs Senator the Hon. Amanda Vanstone

Senator for South Australia

V28/97 10 March 1997


Just under fifty students from Adelaide’s depressed northern suburbs have gone from school to work under the Federal Government’s Jobs Pathway program that matches student skills with the needs of local employers - and 5,000 are expected to benefit nation wide, Minister for Employment, Education,

Training and Youth Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, said today.

Senator Vanstone was launching the Adelaide Job Pathways at Parafield Gardens.

“The Jobs Pathway program makes it easier for young people to move from school to work by giving them skills that match the needs o f local employers,” Senator Vanstone said.

“It is an important part o f the Government’s plan to provide a coordinated approach to the transition between school and work by supporting investment by schools and local business in vocational training programs.

“Under the Jobs Pathway program, Year 12 students who undertake vocational programs in years 11 and 12 are offered a whole range o f help with employment when they leave school, including: • a placement service with local employers; • support during the first 12 months o f work to smooth the school-employment transition; • industry and labour market advice; and • assistance with job seeking skills and career counselling services.

“The Government is providing $2.9 million this financial year for Jobs Pathway and a further $3 million in 1997-98.

“Jobs Pathway strengthens the transition from school to work by improving the links between schools and the needs o f local employers.

“Both employers and students benefit by matching the skills and competencies of students with local employers’ requirements. Businesses can find the workers they need and students can find a vital first job.

“The programs makes students more competitive in the labour market and reduces the risk o f long term ' unemployment.

“Assistance under Jobs Pathway is being offered to thousands of students nation wide. Forty nine have already benefited in Adelaide, and it is hoped that up to 5,000 will move into permanent jobs across the country under the program by April.

“The Government is determined to break the unemployment cycle that demoralises so many young people when they cannot find work after leaving school. Jobs Pathway is a vital part of this.”


Further information: Christian Kerr, Minister’s Office, 08 8237 7946 PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY