COFFS COAST INVITED TO JOIN $10 MILLION CHALLENGE FOR NEW YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser calls on local businesses, community organisations and innovators to get involved in an exciting NSW Government program to develop new solutions for youth unemployment.

Mr Fraser said the $10 million Youth Employment Innovation Challenge will provide funds for people and organisations to develop new and innovative ideas to help more young people into work.

“Youth unemployment is something we all want to address and this new $10 million initiative is about getting local businesses, communities and government working together to conquer youth unemployment,” Mr Fraser said.

“The Youth Employment Innovation Challenge encourages new ideas and solutions to get young people into work and successful entries will be put into practice through the NSW Government’s Innovation Launch program, to assist 15-24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training.”

Mr Fraser said information sessions on the initiative would be held on Monday 19 March from 10.45am – 12.25pm at the Enterprise Lab – Southern Cross University, Military Rd, East Lismore and on Thursday 22 March from 1.45pm – 3.25pm at the University of New England – Campbell Howard Lecture Room – UNE SMART Region Incubator, 24 Fitzroy St, Tamworth.

Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Minister for Skills John Barilaro encouraged our community to participate in the Challenge.

“Having a job is one of the best ways to boost someone’s sense of self-worth,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The Youth Employment Innovation Challenge is all about getting young people into jobs and I encourage everyone to get involved and share their ideas to help us make a real difference,” he said.

Minister for Innovation Matt Kean said applications for the challenge are open until 10 April with the best ideas then chosen and coached ahead of a shark tank-style pitch event in Sydney on 3 May.

“Finalists in the pitch event will be selected for an incubation program where they will be helped to develop their ideas into workable business models that can then be rolled out to tackle youth unemployment in their local communities,” Mr Kean said.

“Funding will be available to support new ideas or to expand small programs that are already operating successfully, and getting young people into work.”

For more information, visit https://launch.innovation.nsw.gov.au/youthemployment.