Media Release: Youth Employment Pathways Hub Launched today

13 April 2016

A new Youth Employment Pathways Hub (the Hub) at the Capital Region Community Services (CRCS) youth centre was launched today by Minister Yvette Berry, MLA, Minister for Housing, Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Multicultural and Youth Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Women.

The Hub responds to needs identified in comprehensive consultation conducted throughout 2015 as part of the development of the West Belconnen Local Services Network with local schools, secondary schools, colleges, training organisations, business, service providers, young people and the general public.  It aligns with the Better Services Network and is supported by the ACT Government through an Adult Community Education (ACE) grant. The Hub is funded until the end of November 2016.

The Hub can cater for up to 10 young people aged 18-24 years at any given time, providing pathways planning; improved language, literacy and life skills; and connecting vulnerable young people to training, volunteering and work experience opportunities. It also provides access to case management for young people dealing with complex issues.

The Hub includes a partnership with Riverview Projects ACT (Riverview) to provide suitable participants with work experience and vocational training at Certificate II and III via live training sites, in conjunction with the Master Builders Association (MBA), Housing Industry Association (HIA), CIT and private RTOs. Further partnerships are in development with other education, training, employment and community service providers.

“The BCS Youth Employment Pathways Hub is an important partnership to help support young people in the Belconnen Region,” says Senior Manager of Programs and Services, Fiona Macgregor.

“Young people suffer the most in a tight job market, with high rates of unemployment and under-employment. Since our soft launch in mid-March, we’ve received multiple enquiries from young people wanting support.”

People wanting to find out more are welcome to call the Belconnen Community Centre on (02) 6264 0200; email employmentpathways@crcs.com.au; or contact the Youth Engagement team through:

Facebook.com/bcsyouthservices

Facebook.com/bcsact

Twitter: @bcsact

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