Joint Media Release with Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash
The Coalition Government’s focus on ensuring young Territorians are “job ready” has been strengthened with the launch of grant guidelines for the second round of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives.
Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Government is inviting not-for-profit community organisations to put forward innovative ways to help young people at risk of welfare dependency move into work.
“We are unwavering in our pursuit of effective policies and programmes to ensure young Australians do not enter a cycle of long-term unemployment,” Minister Cash said.
“The Coalition recognises that the best form of welfare that government can provide is to fund initiatives that help people to find and keep a job.
“The Turnbull Government’s $50 million investment in Empowering YOUth Initiatives is a reflection of our steadfast commitment to getting our young people work-ready.
“Local community knowledge can be crucial to identifying ideas and initiatives that will assist young people in the community obtain gainful employment.”
Applicants in round two of Empowering YOUth Initiatives will be able to apply for grant funding of up to $5 million. The eligibility status of applicants has also been expanded.
The programme aims to test organisations’ innovative ideas to increase youth employment rates and build an evidence base. The Department of Employment will partner with successful organisations to help develop, support and evaluate their projects.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that Top End Group Training was one of 19 innovative organisations successful in round one and had done a terrific job in helping young Territorians to acquire a skill and better understand the many benefits that come from having a job.
“Top End Group Training runs a programme called ‘Becoming a worker’ in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Gunbalanya in the Northern Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
Information about round two of the Empowering YOUth Initiatives is available at: http://www.employment.gov.au/employment-services-procurement-information
Successful round two applicants will be announced in February 2017. All initiatives are expected to start by 30 June 2017.