Victoria Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Richard Dalla-Riva
Clem Newton-Brown Prahran MLA
Clem Newton-Brown Proud To Announce Help For St. Kilda’s Disadvantaged Young To Find Work
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Richard Dalla-Riva has asked the energetic Member for Prahran, Clem Newton-Brown, to announce and present a grant of $120,000 to St. Kilda Youth Services (SKYS) to place 15 disadvantaged young people into sustainable employment.
Mr. Dalla-Riva said the grant to the SKYS’s Hospitality Employment and Training (HEAT) program would place young people into jobs in the hospitality industry, including apprenticeships in cooking and traineeships in front-of-house.
Mr. Newton-Brown, attending a ceremony for HEAT graduates today in St. Kilda, praised the work of HEAT which provides a practical youth re-engagement program assisting young people to develop self-esteem, gain accredited training qualifications in the hospitality industry, undertake work experience in local businesses and prepare for the world of work.
“HEAT is for young people aged between 15 and 25 years who are currently unemployed or not in education or training. Students graduate with a Certificate II in Hospitality Operations.”
“The program operates in an informal learning environment and is designed to dramatically improve the lives of young people who are disengaged from mainstream education.” Mr. Newton-Brown said.
SKYS delivers the HEAT program in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, Victoria Police, Inner Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network, William Angliss Institute of TAFE and Republica Restaurant.
SKYS is an organisation that serves the community by conducting a range of specialised programs for disadvantaged or at-risk youth within the City of Port Phillip and neighbouring areas.
“Participants in these programs may be young offenders, homeless people or those subject to protective orders by the state; others are disengaged from mainstream education or people who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse.” Mr. Newton-Brown said.
Mr. Dalla-Riva said the Victorian Coalition Government is focused on helping assist disadvantaged young people into employment.
“That is why we are providing grants through our Employment Start Up program to assist disadvantaged young people into employment in the private sector.” Mr. Dalla-Riva said.