The Scouts Association NT Branch is driving an exciting new initiative to support young Territorians into work, thanks to Coalition Government funding of $3.3 million.
The Scouts Association NT branch was one of the organisations selected to deliver the second round of the Government’s Empowering YOUth Initiatives with its Motoscouts project.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Motoscouts initiative would allow participants to gain valuable employment skills and training by being part of a team building a Motorkhana-style car.
“Participants will have the opportunity to gain a Certificate I in Automotive and a White Card, as well as work experience and training in a range of fields, including driving, first-aid and financial matters,” Senator scullion said.
“They will also receive counselling and mentoring support during and after the completion of the programme.
“Initiatives like these, that are community driven, are vital in the NT to support our young people on their journeys to employment.”
The Motoscouts initiative will run in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs as well as two remote communities yet to be determined.
President of Scouts NT, Sandy Potter, said the grant would allow Scouts NT to further its goal of advancing the development of youth by expanding its programming to at-risk youth.
“A core value of the scouting movement is to provide opportunities to enable youth to gain skills and empower them to become the best they can be and leaders of the future,” Mrs Potter said.
The Motor Trades Association of the NT is the automotive partner of the Motoscouts initiative, and will have the primary operational responsibility for delivering job-skills training.
Peter Donovan, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trades Association of the NT, said research had consistently shown that providing young people with VET training, work experience and other real-world skills could significantly increase a young person’s chance of getting a job.
“MTA (NT) has successfully provided training to at-risk adults in the past and intends to transfer that experience and success to at-risk youth,” Mr Donovan said.
To find out more about the Motoscouts initiative please contact Peter Donovan on 0419 702 449.
Empowering YOUth Initiatives seeks to empower young people who are disengaged from the workforce or school and who face complex issues that affect their future.
Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, said 21 organisations would be offered the opportunity to join 19 existing organisations to deliver new approaches that assist young people to overcome barriers to getting employment.
“The Government is engaging community and not-for-profit organisations to explore new and innovative approaches to help young people into jobs,” Minister Cash said.
The Department of Employment will partner with the successful organisations to support evaluation of each initiative, informing new policies and programmes targeted at young people.
“The Coalition has allocated $50 million in Empowering YOUth Initiatives, demonstrating how committed this Government is to assisting some of our most vulnerable young people prepare for the workplace,” Minister Cash said.
For more information on Empowering YOUth Initiatives and other support available for young people under the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy visit: www.employment.gov.au