Youth employment foundation Talent RISE is preparing to launch in Adelaide, as South Australia experiences a 20-year high in youth unemployment.

The state currently has the highest level of youth unemployment in Australia, sitting at just below 16 per cent unemployment for those aged 15-21.

Talent RISE, founded in 2014 by global recruitment firm Talent International, will expand into Adelaide on August 29 with the goal to tackle the unemployment crisis head on. Already operating in Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington, Talent RISE offers education and job-ready programs to marginalised young people, working closely with potential employers to source job opportunities.

Chairman and founder of Talent, Richard Earl said Australian businesses have a responsibility to create opportunities for young people.

“These young people have so much to offer, they are hungry for opportunity and to get out there and learn. This is a critical stage of their lives where opportunity should be knocking” Earl said.

“What we are now seeing is a lack of investment by corporate leaders into research and development, education and innovation and this has led to a sense of neglect to the glaring issues such as youth unemployment and education.”

The upcoming launch of Talent RISE in Adelaide will focus on cultural diversity, uniting the tech sector to collectively roll up their sleeves and positively impact marginalised youth through education and employment opportunities.

Talent RISE’s consultants will work with young job candidates in Adelaide to get them work ready, coach them through the interview process and provide continuous support for both the employee and employer.

Talent RISE General Manager Roger Antochi said that the program has wide ranging benefits to nearly all sectors of business and society.

“We’re educating young people across Australia and New Zealand to help them along their journey to find meaningful employment. With our existing market presence the employers are already supporting the program and are willing to make and impact and change young lives.”

“Meaningful employment represents so much to a young person. It’s not just a job it’s so much more, it builds self-esteem, self-confidence and most importantly it gives young people a positive place to belong and truly connects young people to our society through positive social inclusion.”

Talent RISE will be launched on August 29 at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide. The event will feature keynote speaker Stephen Cain, a prominent social worker who is saving lives in Adelaide’s north.