placements secured. More than 50% of these were in apprenticeships.

Youth Employment Program gathers pace in Sydney

The Smart, Skilled and Hired program supports unemployed young people who are not connected to other types of financial support. More than 1,300 customers aged 15–24 have accessed this service, with 600 joining in 2019 alone.

We see a spike in registrations in the first two months of each year as young people leave school and contemplate their future.

Many young people live with their parents, making them ineligible for welfare support services.

By partnering with youth providers such as headspace, YouthLink and Youth Off The Streets, MAX has successfully connected many of those young people with support that is appropriate for them.

Jenni May, Program Manager for Smart, Skilled and Hired said young people with little or no work experience were at a disadvantage.

“Often, young people find it difficult to be competitive in the marketplace to secure work,” Ms May said.

“By completing pre-employment training or apprenticeship courses, they can secure some valuable experience for their resumé and make themselves more attractive to employers at interview.

This year we were able to secure placements for 676 people, and over half were in apprenticeships.”