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Jobs Support For Young People Leaving The Justice System

22 July 2022

The Andrews Labor Government is launching a new jobs initiative to create a better future for those leaving the youth justice system.

Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford and Minister for Youth Justice Sonya Kilkenny visited staff at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct this week and announced the pilot program to take place at Parkville College – a Labor Government specialist school educating youths who are, or have been, in custody.

At risk youth involved in the pilot will develop a career plan, receive job readiness training and learn critical skills to improve long-term employment prospects as they prepare to re-enter the community.

Jobs Victoria mentors will work with 50 to 100 young people aged 17 to 21 to help them to find a job and keep it, providing continuous support for the first six-months a young person is in a job.

The pilot hiring initiative is designed to provide real employment opportunities for young people at the greatest risk of being incarcerated.

Finding a job is an important and positive step for young people leaving custody and being employed can significantly reduce the possibility of recidivism.

The $220,000 hiring program is part of the Government’s $619 million investment in Jobs Victoria supporting Victorians facing barriers to employment.

More information about the program and support for people looking for work is available at jobs.vic.gov.auExternal Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford

“Young people leaving the justice system will have someone in their own community that they know and trust to support them to find and keep a job.”

“These young people have their whole lives ahead of them and a well-supported transition to employment will benefit them and their employers alike.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Youth Justice Sonya Kilkenny

“We’re ensuring young people have the tools and support they need to find a job and keep it – setting them up for a fulfilling life and reducing the likelihood they will come into contact with the justice system in the future.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“This is about providing young people with the support they need to build on their strengths and make positive decisions about their own future.”

Reviewed 22 July 2022

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