Extra Support For Footscray Early School Leavers

06 May 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Footscray locals to access formal training, with a funding boost of more than $960,000 for Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services from the Reconnect Program.

The Victorian Budget 2016/17 included $20 million for the Reconnect Program to support young people who left school early or who are long-term unemployed prepare for training and work.

Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services will use its funding for a program that will seek out vulnerable young people from the community to re-engage them with training.

Reconnect Coaches will then work with these young people, offering mentoring and coaching and work placements to support them to re-engage in education, training and employment.

The program will help young people in Braybrook, Taylors Hill, Melton, Sunshine and St Albans.

The Labor Government is addressing disadvantage and promoting equity, helping those who have left school early or are long term unemployed to reconnect with training.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert

“Often young people lack the confidence and skills to get into formal training, this extra funding will make sure there is support in place so vulnerable young people can improve their lives.”

“We’re helping early school leavers take a step forward to get back into training, education and into a job.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson

“This is a big win for Footscray. I’m sure Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services will build on the good work they’re already doing within our community.”

“This money will help break down the barriers stopping early school leavers in Footscray from accessing training."

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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