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Rising Youth Unemployment in Rural Queensland: Job Pathways and Industry Linkages

By Dominic McCarthy, Central Queensland University, OECD, 2020


Dominic is a Central Queensland University student studying a Bachelor of Business (Management). His Policy Paper discusses Rising Youth Unemployment in Rural Queensland: Job Pathways and Industry Linkages.


Executive Summary


This policy paper examines rising youth unemployment in rural Queensland and provides recommendations to improve upskilling and job pathways in Mt Isa. It recommends that the current Industry Training Hub pilot program be extended to include Mt Isa and the Youth Jobs PaTH program also be expanded into Mt Isa, with the inclusion of a trial of micro-credentialed courses. These initiatives address high youth unemployment rates in Mt Isa by improving education and employment pathways and outcomes. As the economy recovers from COVID19, government policy should prioritise youth employment programs with a focus on low skilled and long-term unemployed people (CSI, 2020).




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