About the report
The public and policy debate over youth employment tends to focus on what more should be done by, or to, young people. But it is clear that greater employer action is needed to create the types of opportunities that young people need to grow their skills. While there are pockets of employer excellence and examples of successful pilots, we wanted to know what it would take to rebuild career paths for young people at scale.
The report sets out five essential areas for action to secure greater opportunity for young people:
- Financial levers
- Revitalising existing support models for employers
- Collaborative pre-employment models to share costs and risks
- Use of the apprenticeship approach, particularly in industries without strong existing apprenticeship frameworks
- Government procurement and contracting to drive skills development across key sectors
Most importantly, the report finds that the current system lacks the type of coherence needed to support employers and young people, and the type of investment needed to create significant change.
SVA acknowledges the generous support of the Macquarie Group Foundation to our work on skilled employment for young people.
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