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Empowering disadvantaged young people in Ballarat

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THE HON KATE ELLIS MP Minister for Employment Participation



4 April 2012

Empowering disadvantaged young people in Ballarat

Sixty disadvantaged and unemployed young people from Ballarat will be prepared for employment through a new program launched today.

The first intake of 15 participants to the Young Adult Empowerment Program commences this month.

On completion of the training component, successful participants will be matched with employment that aligns with their personal capabilities across a range of industry sectors.

Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, said that the program represented a terrific opportunity for young unemployed people in the Ballarat area to develop the skills they need to get a job.

“With the Committee‟s assistance, young adults who participate in this program will receive ongoing workplace support from an external mentor, giving them the best chance of achieving long term employment,” Ms King said.

“It‟s also great to see representatives of the program attending today‟s Jobs and Skills Expo - another initiative of the Australian Government to get local residents into employment.”

While attending a Jobs and Skills Expo in Ballarat today, Minister for Employment Participation Kate said that the „Young Adult Empowerment Program‟ would give young people skills in workplace expectations and healthy living to help them meet the expectations of

“The Young Adult Empowerment program is a joint initiative between the Australian Government, local government and the Committee for Ballarat,” Ms Ellis said.

“This program will see participants undertaking a four week experience-based empowerment program, giving them the skills they need to find stable and long

term employment.

“Upon completion of the program, the participants will be matched with a job provided by one of Committee‟s 100 members and will be supported with training and mentoring throughout their first year of employment.”

This innovative program will receive Australian Government funding of $282,100 until 30 June 2013. It is supported by the Local Employment Coordinator Flexible Funding Pool, a $20 million fund which supports employment projects in twenty priority employment areas across Australia, including Ballarat-Bendigo.

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Minister Ellis’ media contact: Jamila Rizvi 0438 644 603 DEEWR Media: Non-media enquiries: 1300 363 079