Creating jobs for young Australians must be a priority – Courier Mail

Extract from an article by Jane Fynes-Clinton

IT IS hard to fathom the logic of parking ambulances at the bottom of cliffs, particularly when those taking the fall are our young.

In employment terms, young people are in a very bad state, with unemployment among under-25s at the highest rate since the turn of the . . . → Read More: Creating jobs for young Australians must be a priority – Courier Mail

What do federal budget proposals mean for vulnerable young people? VCOSS

As the Federal Government continues to pursue its ‘earn or learn’ youth unemployment proposals, a forum in Melbourne has heard of the deep concerns this brings.

About 120 people from across Victoria’s community and local government sector packed out the forum on the impacts of this year’s federal budget on young people.

All were concerned . . . → Read More: What do federal budget proposals mean for vulnerable young people? VCOSS

When ‘qualified’ is no guarantee of competence – The Australian

Extract from an article by Natasha Bita

WANT to be a builder? After 36 hours of fast-tracked training, you can graduate with a Certificate IV in building and construction from the Capital Training Institute.

Victoria University offers the same qualification — yet its course takes three years to complete part-time. Graduates may supervise construction of . . . → Read More: When ‘qualified’ is no guarantee of competence – The Australian

Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Conditional welfare arrangements require people to behave in a certain way to access cash benefits, housing or support services.

These conditions tend to be enforced through penalties or ‘sanctions’ that reduce, suspend or end access to these goods.

This Round-up considers how effective welfare conditionality is, what the impacts . . . → Read More: Welfare sanctions and conditionality in the UK – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Work for the Dole – A Myopic Policy Failure? The Adelaide Review

Extract from an article by John Spoehr

Work for the Dole is emblematic of a radical neo-conservative policy program that seeks to dismantle the Australian post war social settlement that many see as the essence of the fair go.

It is a tragedy that Work for the Dole has become the centerpiece of the Australian . . . → Read More: Work for the Dole – A Myopic Policy Failure? The Adelaide Review

Challenges to Employment in Newly-Emerging African Communities in Australia: A Review and Analysis of the Literature

ABSTRACT

Newly emerging African communities (NEAC) in Australia face challenges in accessing employment, with consequences for both the immigrant and Australian host communities. This article presents a systematic review of literature on challenges to employment for NEAC in Australia. It gathers together, synthesises and analyses previously fragmented evidence that should be used to inform social . . . → Read More: Challenges to Employment in Newly-Emerging African Communities in Australia: A Review and Analysis of the Literature

Rising Unemployment – The Melbourne Review

Extract from an article by Stephen Koukoulas

Over the past year, the number of people unemployed has increased by just over 100,000; over the past two years, the number has increased by 166,500.

There are now 789,000 people unemployed, which is 6.4 percent of the workforce. This is the highest unemployment rate in more than . . . → Read More: Rising Unemployment – The Melbourne Review

Automation threatens job growth: B20 panel – Business Spectator

Extract from an article by Harrison Polites

Increasing levels of workplace automation are a threat to job growth, but advances in robotics and other technological changes should not be seen as negative, a B20 roundtable has warned.

SEEK founder Andrew Basset highlighted the importance of automation when speaking on a panel at a Melbourne lunch . . . → Read More: Automation threatens job growth: B20 panel – Business Spectator

System stymies jobless youth – ACOSS

Published in The Australian, Wednesday September 10, 2014 ON this page yesterday, Alan Tudge accused the Australian Council of Social Service of being “blind to welfare dependency” and resistant to any reform other than increasing payments. He tried to defend the Abbott government’s hard-line budget measures, arguing that the dole should not be immediately available . . . → Read More: System stymies jobless youth – ACOSS

Westpac – Melbourne Institute Survey of Consumer Unemployment Expectations

Media Release – extract

The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment fell by 4.6% in September from 98.5 in August to 94.0 in September.

Westpac’s Chief Economist, Bill Evans, commented, “This is a surprising and disappointing result. Following the 6.8% plunge in the Index in the aftermath of the Commonwealth Budget in May the . . . → Read More: Westpac – Melbourne Institute Survey of Consumer Unemployment Expectations

Issues in labour force participation: Youth at risk and lower skilled mature-age people – Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) conducts three yearly modellling and analysis of Australia’s future workforce. Accordingly, in late 2013 the AWPA Board sought to enhance its understanding by commissioning a report on the workforce participation challenges facing two target groups:

older workers aged 45–59 who had left school early and had no . . . → Read More: Issues in labour force participation: Youth at risk and lower skilled mature-age people – Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency

Education must make students ‘work ready’ – Think Education

Media Release

New research from Think Education shows that being ‘work-ready’ is what young Australians want from their education, yet close to 40 per cent feel their education hasn’t given them the skills required for their current job.

“We need to rethink education,” says Linda Brown, CEO of Think Education.

. . . → Read More: Education must make students ‘work ready’ – Think Education

Changes to VET might be good for business, but not for students – The Conversation

Extract from an article by John Pardy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane yesterday announcedfunding to engage young people in education and employment, and reforms of apprenticeship support services. This announcement tells us that the government’s priority when it comes to Vocational Education and Training (VET) is not the young . . . → Read More: Changes to VET might be good for business, but not for students – The Conversation

G20 faces persistent gaps in employment and job quality – OECD

Media Release

A large and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for re-igniting economic growth, according to a report prepared by the ILO, the OECD and the World Bank Groupfor the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting taking place in Melbourne . . . → Read More: G20 faces persistent gaps in employment and job quality – OECD

New economic modelling proves paying higher wages increases global growth – ACTU

Media Release

Labour ministers from G20 countries meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday face a reality test to tackle global unemployment as 81 million jobs need to be created by 2018 to close the massive jobs gap caused by the global financial crisis.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation said . . . → Read More: New economic modelling proves paying higher wages increases global growth – ACTU

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