Council to focus on employment as part of Youth Week
Helping young Byron Shire community members into jobs will be the focus of an employment forum being held as part of National Youth Week.
Byron Shire Youth Council will host the Local Youth Employment Forum at the Byron Bay Community Centre on Tuesday, 17 April from 10am.
Forum host Karim Kauffman said the event was about helping to create sustainable jobs in the Byron Shire that would foster a permanent community.
“I would like to see opportunities for young people to find meaningful employment in our community so that they don’t have to leave the area,” he said.
Byron Shire Young Citizen of the Year, Justin Fenwick, said unemployment can have a serious negative impact on young people.
“Youth unemployment in the Byron Shire is higher than for the rest of the area’s labour force,” he said.
“Unemployment can cause a crisis of confidence for young people, which can spill into other areas of our lives and cause social and economic problems for our peers and their families,” he said.
The Local Youth Employment Forum will hold a variety of sessions. The first session will be a panel discussion about the factors which drive youth employment and unemployment, as well as successful youth employment initiatives from around Australia and internationally.
The panellists will include Byron Shire Youth Council members Phoebe Lines, Justin Fenwick, and Theotime Pinon, as well as Sam Stewart from Byron United.
The second session will promote existing employment opportunities and programs for local young people. Local youth organisations, employment agencies, education providers and other groups delivering youth employment initiatives are encouraged to attend to promote their projects.
The third session will identify potential projects and strategies to create employment projects or initiatives in the Byron Shire, for Council’s consideration.
The forum is one of the initiatives of the Council’s Youth Strategy and Action Plan relating to meaningful employment for young people.
Following the forum, the Youth Council will prepare a report for Byron Shire Council.
For more information please contact Council’s Belle Arnold by on 6626 7225 email@example.com.
All Byron Shire community members, groups and businesses with an interest in youth employment are invited to attend the forum.
source: Byron Shire Council
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