Gold Coast jobseekers to benefit from youth-focused work program

2 March, 2022

Australian not-for-profit business 91has been appointed to deliver employment services to help disadvantaged young Australians find work in the Gold Coast employment region.

91commenced operations in 1982, and almost 40 years later is Australia’s largest and only national Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) while also offering national Recruitment Management and state-based Employment Services.

Now, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has engaged 91to connect young people at risk of long-term unemployment with a broad range of education and training opportunities to help them find meaningful jobs which suit their skills and interests.

91will deliver the service, aimed at young Australians between the ages of 15 and 24, in the Gold Coast employment region as part of the Federal Government’s Transition to Work (TtW) program. TtW will operate under the ‘Workforce Australia’ banner, which commences on July 1st this year and includes aspects of the previous Job Active initiative.

91CEO Bridie Gildea said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to help young people develop important skills and pathways that will help them find employment, and to address broader issues such as generational unemployment.

“In what is now our 40th year of business, it’s especially rewarding to be expanding and enhancing our services to provide a positive employment future for our young people.

“We look forward to helping with the training and qualifications they need to find the jobs which match their skills and interests, providing a pipeline of workforce skills to benefit all Australians well into the future”.

TtW is the latest in a range of employment services already offered by MEGT, including programs for disadvantaged jobseekers such as ‘Empowering Career Options’ and ‘I Got Brushed’ which help survivors of domestic violence and young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples respectively.

The opportunity to provide assistance and resources to even more young jobseekers will draw on MEGT’s considerable experience, while developing innovative ways to bring employers and program participants together and achieve sustained employment outcomes.