Unemployed indigenous youths – BoysTown and Twiggy Forrest join forces
Unemployed indigenous youths have been told by mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest that he will guarantee them jobs. A deal will be signed on Thursday between help service BoysTown and GenerationOne, an organisation founded by mining giant Mr Forrest. The partnership will give indigenous youth in southeast Queensland a leg up in their search for employment with the program to generate hundreds of new jobs. BoysTown will supply the trained jobseekers while GenerationOne will rely on Mr Forrest’s extensive business contacts to link the youths with jobs. BoysTown CEO Tracy Adams said her organisation would boost young participant’s prospects of finding a job by training them to meet entry level requirements for specific Australian industries.
GenerationOne’s mission is to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation through employment. BoysTown is dedicated to enabling young people, especially those who are marginalised and without voice, to improve their quality of life.
Indigenous unemployment and youth unemployment will be key focus areas for an upcoming conference on Long Term Unemployment.
This conference will address the causes of long term unemployment and what can be done for these at risk groups of disability, mature age, youth, indigenous and regional unemployed.
The conference aims to focus on Building Capability to successfully tackle long-term unemployment and how to create employment for the future. The conference will feature keynotes and over 50 selected presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies on long-term unemployment risk groups. This year’s conference will focus around the following themes: Economic Trends; Disability employment issues; Youth employment; Mature age employment; Indigenous employment; Regional, remote and rural employment; Culturally and language diverse employment; Mental health; Training, Apprenticeship, Vocational skills; Policy, guidelines, legislation.
Conference Advisory Committee includes:
- Professor John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, The University of Sydney
- Nicholas M Wyman, Chief Executive Officer at WPC Group Ltd
- Tony Nicholson, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Lawrence
- Tracy Adams, Chief Executive Officer, BoysTown
- Jennifer Taylor, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Would you like to speak at this conference on indigenous and youth employment initiatives for long-term unemployed. To find out more information about this conference program and to submit an abstract please go to the conference website or http://longtermunemployment.org.au to contact the Conference Secretariat Ph: (617) 5502 2068.
Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014
A national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional
18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise URL: www.longtermunemployment.org.au Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068