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.
Manningham City Council has successfully secured $48,000 from VicHealth, under the Brighter Futures Funding, in December 2017 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 feel more employable.
The funding has been 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 will support young people to build their resilience whilst also improving their optimism and opportunities for the future.
The project will target young people from across a number of settings such as schools, sporting clubs and community. It will provide them with a co-ordinated service which will include a suite of vocational options including volunteering, social enterprise, vocational support, mentoring and further education. The project will be launched in May 2018 and will be co-designed by young people.