Abbott failing our youth with cuts to job programs

Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP has called on the Abbott government to keep programs that fight youth unemployment, ahead of today’s budget.

“The Federal Government delivers three youth programs - Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Development - and the Abbott Government looks set to slash all three in the budget,” Ms Butler said.

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TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2014

ABBOTT FAILING OUR YOUTH WITH CUTS TO JOB PROGRAMS

 

Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP has called on the Abbott government to keep programs that fight youth unemployment, ahead of today’s budget.

“The Federal Government delivers three youth programs - Youth Connections, Partnership Brokers and National Career Development - and the Abbott Government looks set to slash all three in the budget,” Ms Butler said.

“I visited a local Youth Connections program recently and saw first-hand how it works.

“Youth Connections is a program with runs on the board when it comes to kids who drop out of the school system.

“It’s a value-for-money program that saves our community money by stopping at-risk kids from falling through the cracks.

“Nationally, over 80 per cent of people who participate in Youth Connections are in work or study 18 months after finishing the program. That’s a great outcome for those kids and it’s a great outcome for our community.

“I wrote to the Minister after my visit to our local Youth Connections, calling on him to maintain funding for this sensible, practical program.

“There’s a youth unemployment crisis in Australia. Here on Brisbane’s South Side, youth unemployment runs at about twice general unemployment, and it’s worse in the regions.

“The Abbott government’s pre-budget rhetoric is all about forcing people into work, but the government’s not backing that rhetoric up with policies to create jobs, help people find work, or arm younger people with the skills they need to join the workforce,” Ms Butler said.

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