Youth program axed

YOUTH transition to employment services will end this year in a budget cut that has "devastated" the national program's Tasmanian providers.

The Partnership Brokers National Network, which is delivered in the state by TL3, lost $50 million in federal funding in last week's budget announcement.

TL3 senior partnership broker Lorraine McNamara said the loss spelt the end of its transition to employment services.

"It is now clear that the Australian government has no real plan to help young people transition to a job in a stagnant labour market where national youth unemployment is already running above 12 per cent," she said.

"From the end of this year, services the network provides such as ensuring young people have access to training and job- ready skills, partnering businesses and young job seekers, and building job and training relationships between local schools and industry will discontinue."

Since 2010 the Partnership Brokers National Network has delivered $250 million in youth employment services through 107 regional non-government providers nationally. It has worked with more than a million young Australians in accessing job- ready skills, continuing on to further training or finding a job after leaving school.

TL3 has been working with schools, communities and businesses to provide solutions for young people who do not take an "earning or learning" pathway.

Programs were recently delivered at Ulverstone and George Town.

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