The ACTU welcomes Labor’s announcement of a $700 million program to guarantee jobs and training for young people in light of data showing the unemployment rate for early school leavers is up to 8 times higher than for those who complete year 12.
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet said:
“We have known for some time that the situation for young people who leave school early is very bad and yet very little has been done.
Only 80% of young Australians complete Year 12 or a VET qualification – this is well behind major OECD countries such as France, Canada, the US, Germany and Japan.
Research shows that seven years after leaving school:
A low level of education has a long term effect on the life chances of young Australians and severely limits their job prospects.
Low educational attainment also hurts the economy by limiting labour force participation and depriving industry of valuable skills development.
Labor’s new Youth Guarantee program – ‘Learn or Earn’ – is a welcome new package of proposals that includes:
students and 15,000 new vocational training places.
or job vacancies ie, traditional trades, child care and aged care.
of up to $10,000 and wage subsidies to help early school leavers into
Labor’s commitment to new opportunities for young people contrasts strongly with the Government’s cut in funding for the New Apprenticeships Program in Tuesday’s Budget.”