Opening the Doors for Young People into Work
Manningham’s Healthy City Strategy 2017 – 2021 identified “Resilient Youth” as a community Health and Wellbeing priority with an objective to “engage, empower and build the resilience of young people”.
A recent CSIRO Research Paper demonstrated that one of the major issues facing young people is the rising skills and education levels required to be more competitive in today’s job markets.
In December 2017 Manningham City Council successfully secured $48,000 from VicHealth under the Brighter Futures Funding. This funding was secured to deliver a new initiative, “Skills 4 the Future”. The project aims to improve access to education and employment by providing young people in Manningham with opportunities to build their skills and experience and improve employability.
The funding was allocated to the Manningham Youth Alliance: Manningham YMCA Youth Services, Doncare Community Services, Access Health and Community (Headspace) and The Onemda Association who will deliver the “Skills 4 the Future” project on Council’s behalf.
With unemployment being shown to have a direct impact on youth mental wellbeing, this project supports young people to build their resilience whilst also improving their optimism and opportunities for the future.
The project has targeted young people from across a number of settings such as schools, sporting clubs and community. The Skills 4 the Future Resource Pack is a co-ordinated resource which includes a suite of vocational options including volunteering, social enterprise, vocational support, mentoring and further education. The project has been co-designed by young people, and the resource pack is now available throughout Manningham:
Skills 4 the Future Resource Pack (10.96 MB)