Many young people successfully navigate their way from education to employment and independence, but many get left behind. This Inquiry by the National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) was prompted by our concern that an increasing number of young people are struggling to make this transition. It also addresses the lack of any major initiative by Australian governments to investigate and address these escalating problems.
Australia’s future well-being and standard of living will depend critically on the next generation of young people. The Youth Futures Guarantee lays out a framework of reforms and initiatives that will support young people meet the great challenges of the future, but these also benefit Australian businesses and the wider Australian community.
The NYCA Inquiry’s Interim Report presents findings about the conditions for success needed by young people as they navigate their transitions from school to work, and from entry into the labour force towards sustainable employment.
This is an Interim Report because the Inquiry process is designed to ensure that the Commission can validate our analysis of the evidence gathered and test the ideas for policy reform: better ways to engage young people; the resources that need to be invested, shared, or reconfigured; and suggestions about who needs to be involved in the changes.
Young people are exhorted to get an education and be prepared to work hard to gain a secure job and lead a comfortable life.
But this connection is breaking down, with income and job prospects for younger people increasingly under threat in a rapidly changing economy and labour market.
Our latest Discussion Paper reveals that several systems need to mesh together to support young people to make a successful school to work transition. It seeks to inspire fresh thinking about how governments, educators, employers and communities can do better.