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$360,000 To Support Early School Leavers In Hume

06 May 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Broadmeadows locals to access formal training, with a funding boost of $363,000 for AMES Australia 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 to prepare for training and work.

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert joined Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire and students who will benefit from the funding, at AMES in Dallas today.

AMES will use the funding to support culturally and linguistically diverse early school leavers and unemployed young people.

Each will work with a Pathway Planner to identify the support they need to succeed in vocational training and employment.

Participants will also be paired with a volunteer mentor who shares a similar cultural background and language as the participant to help them achieve their training and work goals. The program will also be delivered in Noble Park and St Albans, to help address high youth unemployment in these areas.

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.

The number of early school leavers in Hume not in the labour force, employment or training is above the state average of 5.5 per cent.

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 Broadmeadows Frank McGuire

“This is a big win for our community and I look forward to seeing how AMES will build on the good work they’ve already doing.”

“We’re helping breakdown the barriers stopping early school leavers in the Hume region from accessing training.”

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