Ground Breaking New Project to Tackle Youth Unemployment

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce a landmark program addressing youth unemployment in the region which may be used as a model to roll out across Australia.

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce a landmark program addressing youth unemployment in the region which may be used as a model to roll out across Australia.

The jointly funded program worth over $100,000 was secured by Cessnock City Council following the Youth Unemployment Symposium.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said youth unemployment in the Hunter region is a serious concern and this initiative presents a unique opportunity to combat the issue.

"This is about taking a holistic approach to break the cycle of young people out of work made possible by collaboration between Council, NSW Government, business, the wider community and young people”, Cr Pynsent said.

“The Cessnock City Youth Employment Project provides unemployed youth the opportunity to undertake work placements at Council facilities such as the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre”.

“The participants gain training along with valuable qualifications in both retail and hospitality, better preparing them for the local workforce”, Cr Pynsent said.

The first group of five young people have commenced their placement and are learning skills in customer service, RSA, RCG, first aid, teamwork communications and work health and safety.

Participant William Boyd said it is a great opportunity to work at the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre and learn from experienced staff.

“I have really enjoyed engaging with customers and look forward to learning more over the next month”, Mr Boyd said.

Yancoal has provided $10,000 for the project on top of funding from the NSW Government. PKs on Pokolbin and Peterson Wines are also supporting the project.

The first stage of the project will see twenty young people take part in the coming months in four groups of five, maximising the opportunity of one-on-one coaching, training and mentoring distinctive to this program.