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Survey on youth’s workforce skills

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Hunter businesses have been encouraged to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development and help tackle unemployment amongst young people.

“Globally, the United Nations estimates that youth unemployment is almost three times higher than the rest of the population and that imbalance is also represented here in the Hunter, where youth unemployment is more than double the general unemployment rate,” Hunter Business Chamber chief executive, Bob Hawes, said.

“The latest figures show youth unemployment at 10.4% in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and 11.8% in the Hunter Valley, compared with general unemployment rates of 4.7% and 5.4% respectively.”

Mr Hawes’ comments came amid World Youth Skills Day, which took place on Monday.

He said it was vital for the future of the economy that young people connect with work and that businesses were able to source skills locally.

The NSW Business Chamber released its 2019 Workforce Skills Survey this week, which will gather information on the skills needs of the state’s businesses.

Mr Hawes called on local employers to participate in the survey, stating it gave them a chance to discuss their “skill challenges, experiences with the training system and, importantly, the challenges and benefits of developing young people in the workplace”.

Go to surveymonkey.com/r/2019workforce to complete the survey.

It will be open until 29 July.

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