With over 300,000 young people left in limbo by COVID, we need a job cadet program

Australia should create a national job cadet program to help young people into work, according to a report released today by the Mitchell Institute.

Cover of Mitchell Institute report
The Mitchell Institute report released today.
Mitchell Institute, Victoria University

In the report, Averting an Escalating Labour Market Crisis for Young People in Australia: A Proposed National Job Cadet Program, we highlight the extraordinary labour market challenges young people face.

Our analysis suggests the worst is yet to come, as young people compete for fewer available jobs in the transition from education to the workplace.

To help avert the crisis, we argue Australia should support employers to hire young people as cadets. The evidence shows programs such as these are effective in helping young people into viable careers, including at times of crisis.

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