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Published on September 23, 2018

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Slide1: Regional Youth Traineeships: using cross-government partnerships to provide opportunities to regional youth Georgina Windley & Sean Holden 17 September 2018 Slide2: What is the Regional Youth Traineeship program? It provides unemployed young people in regional areas with training and employment opportunities in local government. Wage subsidy of $14,500 per year for up to two years for each trainee. Trainees must meet specific criteria: such as being either unemployed, aged between 17 to 24 years, regional South Australian residents, hold an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) vocational qualification no higher than a Certificate III. Slide3: What is the Regional Youth Traineeship program? Trainees undertake a Certificate III qualification in this program, which generally meets the skills needs of the councils. Funding is provided by the Government of South Australia, administered by PIRSA Program delivered by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA), who employ a full time program coordinator - Natasha Black Slide4: Why was it needed? The program provides the opportunity for local youth to stay in their local areas High youth unemployment in regional South Australia ‘Brain drain’ - many of young people moving away from regional areas Contributing to population decline Reducing the future leadership pool Slide5: Has it been successful? 74 unemployed young people started a traineeship 37 councils participated 59 young people gained a Certificate III qualification Slide6: Has it been successful? The most common qualifications undertaken were in business, administration, horticulture, and civil construction and plant operations. Eight trainees completed more than one qualification Slide7: What are the employment outcomes? 52 were employed after training (or 88% of those who completed!) 35 employed at the council 17 obtained jobs elsewhere 3 trainees in remote South Australia didn’t complete their qualification - but all have secured permanent employment in their community Slide8: Continuous improvement Satisfaction surveys for both trainees and supervisors These occurred at the 6 month point and then at 12 months Surveys were designed to be quick and simple The purpose of the surveys was to gauge whether councils and trainees were satisfied with the program and to identify issues that needed to be addressed or improved. The program has shown very high satisfaction ratings from both council staff and trainees. The satisfaction surveys identified a few areas where there can be improvements in program coordination and support for trainees and councils… Slide9: Building the capacity of councils Building effective working relationships with host councils, on-going communication providing support to councils in determining their traineeship needs. Assistance with recruitment Aligning eligibility criteria to State and Commonwealth funded programs to ensure councils received the incentives available was important for small regional councils. The councils and communities have really embraced the program - 37 out of 57 regional councils participating! The LGA Coordinator is responsible for assisting councils in increasing their capacity to host trainees: Slide10: Engaging with training providers Lower satisfaction with the training component of the program Frustration with the training providers, including: poor administration processes lack of support provided for trainees by the training provider delays in the development of a Training Plan; disorganised and poorly communicated training; limited options for training in regional areas; and challenges associated with delivering training in regional areas. The LGA program coordinator has been proactive: improving communication between councils, trainees, and training providers, attain a commitment from training managers to improve communication and training coordination A survey will be conducted to see if there have been improvements Slide11: Building the capacity of trainees ‘Welcome to Local Government Inductions’ in 10 regional areas Networking opportunity for the trainees Program coordinator met with trainees and councils Provide case management and counselling support to councils and trainees Feedback was positive and there were requests for more workshops Slide12: Building the capacity of trainees Capability Building Workshops – delivered in 6 locations included: Career advice Advice on preparing for future employment Resume writing and interview techniques Workplace communication and team building activities, and Confidence and resilience building RYTP participants have won awards Slide13: What have we learned? The program has led to successful training and employment outcomes for participants – why? Strong interest from councils and trainees Culture of inquiry and continuous improvement Committed program coordinator Strength of cross-government partnerships Broad benefits Tangible employment outcomes for youth and Contribution to sustainable regional communities

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