Youth forum to address employment issues

YOUNG people will have the opportunity to discuss the issues they face at work or when seeking work at this month’s Youth Employment Statewide forum in Launceston.

Tasmanian youth forum policy and project officer Tegan Pearce said a wide range of issues would be discussed, including how young people could successfully transition into the workforce.

‘‘We ... want the forum to help young people explore what they can do to improve their own chances of employment such as volunteering, training or having a mentor,’’ she said.

‘‘Young people can find it difficult to gain work experience as there are limited places for them.

‘‘We’re very aware of the complex circumstances in the community at the moment with a high youth unemployment rate, so we are being very realistic about the aims of the forum.’’

Ms Pearce said she expected the discussions to relate to a broad range of issues, including the job application process, how to start a business, training, education and how to find employment after school.

The Youth Employment Statewide forum is part of the Youth X Factor Campaign.

The forum is open to anyone aged between 12 and 25, and will be held on Tuesday, August 26, from 10am to 3.30pm at the Door of Hope, Launceston. Registration can be made with Tegan Pearce on 62235511, or by emailing tyf@ynot.org.au.

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