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Youth Unemployment Solution from Leading Tech Company

Talent International launches Talent RISE and calls for the Tech Sector to help tackle Australian Youth Unemployment as it hits 14.1%.

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Just days after Australia’s youth unemployment hits a 12 year high, global IT&T recruitment and technology services specialist, Talent International has launched a foundation called Talent RISE, to combat Australia’s youth unemployment crisis.

Australia’s most recent job figures revealed an increased unemployment rate of 14.1 per cent for 15 to 24 year olds – with a spike in the unemployment rate for 15-19 year olds, now sitting at 20.4 per cent. The foundation, Talent RISE, will combat this by harnessing the power of the technology sector to develop solutions that see Australia’s marginalised youth find meaningful employment.

Founder and Managing Director of Talent International Richard Earl, said that it was demonstrably clear that Australia is in the midst of a looming youth unemployment crisis and that the government is not future-proofing the nation despite the positive impact higher employment rates have on gross domestic product (GDP), the standard of living and crime rates.

“These figures show unequivocally, that our youth are becoming increasingly disenfranchised from general norms of society such as having gainful employment for longer periods of time, at a stage in their lives when opportunity should be knocking and in-fact for the nation it is. Viable employment and development opportunities should be available to our young people” Earl said.

“We are surrounded with forward thinking APAC nations preparing their economies for an increasingly sophisticated on-line future as well as ageing populations, by investing in research and development, education and innovative tech-industries. Unfortunately, what I am seeing is lack of planning for these inevitabilities starting with neglect of the glaring issues such as youth, education and unemployment” he said.

Talent RISE, launched at The Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network Annual Charity Ball on Friday night, has the clear mission to unite the global technology sector to collectively roll up their sleeves and positively impact marginalised youth through education and employment opportunities.

The program’s objective is to reduce youth unemployment by touching the lives of 10,000 young people by 2018 through an end-to-end education and employment program, partnering with existing not-for-profit (NFP) youth support organisations.

In partnering with the technology sector and leading NFP youth support organisations, Talent RISE believes that it can leverage the recruitment skills of Talent International, the technological work-place skills of the tech sector and the experience of the NFP sector to tackle Australia’s unemployment crisis.

With it’s clients and growing IT contractor pool Talent International has the reach and capabilities to reduce youth unemployment while providing local technology-based entry level employment positions.

In 2014 Talent RISE will partner with two established not-for-profits in Sydney and Melbourne, The Oasis Youth Support Network and the second to be announced next month, by funding and participating in work-readiness programs that address the issues with youth at risk of long-term exclusion from employment through:

    • Facilitating workshops with program members and technology professionals to provide basic workplace technology skills.
    • Establishing long-term mentors and mentoring strategies for program participants.
    • Working with private sector partners to identify work-experience and job-placement opportunities.
    • Connecting technology professionals with program members for ongoing support as they enter and re-enter the workplace.

Chairman of Talent RISE Chris Gabriel said that the program has wide ranging benefits to nearly all sectors of business and society.

“Together we’re educating young Australians and making them job ready. Finding them work experience and ongoing employment and keeping them on the right track by providing mentoring and on going support. With our first pilot program complete it’s evident the technology community is already supporting this new initiative” he said.

Major Keith Hampton Director of Oasis Youth Support Network said that the current pathways program was the best program for relieving youth unemployment.

“We are on the front lines of the impact of youth homelessness, trauma and neglect. It’s an extremely difficult life and hard to turn around quickly. So when we see our young people rise up and start to rebuild their lives and integrate back into society, we see the benefits roll out ten fold” he said.

Overall Australia’s national unemployment rate is now at 6.4 per cent, higher than that of the USA.