The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia – Victoria together with The Victorian Government’s Advance Program, will be running a free workshop in Melbourne on Friday 15th July to highlight employability skills in young people.

With the national youth unemployment rate of 15–24 year olds currently at 12.2 per cent according to recent Brotherhood of St Laurence statistics, Melbourne’s western and north eastern suburbs are facing even more hardships with current unemployment rates sitting at 17.3 per cent and 15.7 per cent respectively.

“Shaping Future Careers: Highlighting employability skills in young people” is a series of workshops delivered across Victoria and facilitated by Daniela Ascone who has over ten years’ experience working in youth engagement, education and employment. Supported by SAP, a multinational IT company, a representative will also present to attendees about the growing need to engage young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) curriculum concluding with a tour of SAP’s state of the art facilities.

This one-day workshop will be beneficial to anyone working in the space of youth engagement, education and employment, and attendees will leave with:
• The knowledge to help young people identify transferable skills.
• The ability to help young people explore potential occupations.
• An understanding of how to market their skills on a resume, cover letter and in an interview.
• Practical tools to help young people identify resources.
• An insight into how programs such as Advance and Duke of Ed equip young people for the world of work.
• An overview of STEM careers and opportunities.

Our first workshop was held in Warrnambool on 20th April 2016 at South West Institute of TAFE and was well attended by a range of representatives from local government, secondary schools, TAFE, and community and employment service providers. The day provided an opportunity for attendees to learn new strategies that they can implement to support the young people they are working with. The local Member of Parliament, Roma Britnell, even dropped by to share her own career journey and shared lunch with attendees.

“The best thing about what I do is engaging with people within the community who share my passion for wanting to support young people to achieve their education and employment goals”, says Daniela Ascone, workshop facilitator and Managing Director of Thinq Group. “There are challenges faced by workers and teachers who are supporting young people that include knowing what programs are available and which organisations deliver what services however providing people with some tools and resources to use will hopefully assist them in their work.”

Duke of Ed Victoria CEO, Anoushka Gungadin, says the workshop is a great first step in improving Melbourne’s youth unemployment rate. “In an ever more difficult job market, young people need all the skills they can get their hands on to prepare for employment.” Ms Gungadin says.

Feedback from Warrnambool:

“A very good workshop with great resources provided – thank you!”

“The workshop was helpful because it provided a holistic career approach and discussions about engaging at-risk youth.”

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