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Changes needed to meet labour market needs of young women



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NEWS RELEASEEMBARGOED TO 5PMSUNDAY 6 May 1984 D8/84CHANGES NEEDED TO MEET LABOUR MARKET NEEDS OF YOUNG W OMENThe Director of the Women's Bureau, Ms Jenni Neary, today (Sunday) called for major changes in labour market policies to consider the needs of young women in the labour force.M s- Neary was addressing a two day conference called, " I t 's harder for g irls " at the Sydney YW CA at which issues such as labour market policy and income support were discussed."In Australia, young women, in particular have suffered from the increased competition for jobs and the change in s k ills needs to do them," M s Neary said."Many of the disadvantages faced by young women in the labour market are associated with the narrow range of low status and low skilled jobs in which most of them are employed."Recent studies show that employment and training programs were delivered in a manner which confirmed the traditional sex segregation of young people both in occupation training and i n j o b s . To o v e r c o me t h e s e a d v a n t a g e s Ms Nea r y s u g g e s t e d changes i n t h e s t r u c t u r e o f a p p r e n t i c e s h i p t r a i n i n g , p r o v i s i o n o f c a d e t s h i p s f o r young women i n t e c h n i c a l o c c u p a t i o n s , and g r e a t e r f i n a n c i a l e n c o u r a g e m e n t t o e m p l o y e r s t o e mp l o y young women i n t r a d e and t e c h n i c a l a r e a s . Ms Ne a r y s t a t e d t h a t t he Rev i ew o f L a b o u r M a r k e t Pr o g r ams - t h e K i r b y Co mmi t t e e - w i l l e x a mi n e p r e s e n t t r a i n i n g s y s t e ms w i t h a v i e w t o c h a n g e s , w h i c h w i l l a s s i s t y ou ng women t o p a r t i c i p a t e f u l l y i n t h e l a b o u r m a r k e t . CANBERRA Medi a C o n t a c t : Women' s Bur eau Ms B a r b a r a F e r g u s s o nP 0 Box 9880 Canberra City 2601 I n f o r m a t i o n O f f i c e r ( 0 6 2 ) 4Γ6ΐ β | * 9ΐΐ< 8(062) 437333 a f t e r h o u r s ( 062 ) 4β|βχί 82344 1-2-607March 83