The youth unemployment crisis has been present in Australia for long just like in the other parts of the world. Most societies across the world define a youth as anyone between the ages of 15 and 29 years. According to The Guardian, almost one-third of Australian young people are unemployed or underemployed.
While different governmental and nongovernmental agencies working with other community stakeholders have come up with multiple solutions to reduce unemployment in youth population on a daily basis, we cannot help but recognize their ineffectiveness.
This failure is attributable to factors such as:
- Increased migration of the youths into urban areas: This results in overpopulation of the urban centres while the employment opportunities are limited.
- Increased mismatch of the skills acquired by the youths versus the qualifications that the employers want.
Based on these issues, there is a need for the various societal institutions like the government, education sector, community, and commercial sector to come together and device some long-term solutions.
Possible Solutions to Unemployment in Youth
Some of the possible solutions to unemployment among the youth in Australia may include:
Trying to illuminate a pathway to productive work
As the saying goes, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. It is essential that the government and the capable nongovernment organisations come up with ways to help the unemployed youths to engage in activities that are beneficial to their societies.
For instance, yourtown has a vocational training and employment centre where different disadvantaged youth groups, such as the unemployed indigenous youths, can be made productive through training. This organisation focuses on the fact that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders consists of the highest number of disadvantaged youths in the society. Its aim is to minimize the poverty incidence among the youths by helping them acquire life skills.
Promoting entrepreneurial skills among the youths
A notion that is commonly adopted by youths around the world is that after college, the only way to be productive is by seeking a day job. What they do not realize is that most of them have different skills from what the employers want. As such, most of them waste their time trying to be employed while they could be using it in more gainful ventures.
In addition to the mismatch between the youths’ skills and the employers’ expectations, the employment opportunities available are also low in comparison to the number of youths seeking jobs. Fostering entrepreneurship is a good way for the government and other societal organizations to keep the youths productive. With entrepreneurship, more youths will not only be able to generate incomes but also create jobs for other youths.
Increased job creation and the demand for labour
The government and employers should device ways to create more jobs for the unemployment youth population through funding and founding job filled programs. The employers can try to fit in the qualifications of the youths to create more job opportunities out there.
Preparing the youths for the job market
yourtown aims at creating jobs and increasing the demand for labour by collaborating with the government and employers in order to identify the kind of skills they are looking for. This way, the organisation will train the unemployment indigenous youths to fit the employment qualification profile hence enhancing their chances of getting jobs.
Providing quality understanding of the job market and industry needs
Australia should consider providing training to the youths before they can join college so that they can pick the courses whose skills are highly demanded in the labour market. This way, the youths will benefit from an exposure to the real job market and will be readily employed after graduating.
While youth unemployment crisis is real in Australia and the rest of the world, the strategies discussed above can be used as effective youth unemployment solutions. For them to be achieved, however, the government, nongovernment organizations, employers, education institutions, and the different community leaders at large should find a way to work together. This will help identify the problems the youths are facing and develop highly suitable solutions based on their needs.