Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication
Perth, Western Australia
Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre
Young people are vital to all communities and encouraging and supporting them to participate in education and training is a significant way to ensure that communities maintain a skilled workforce. However, there are many barriers to young people staying in the community, not the least of which is a lack of appropriate jobs. That is, jobs that the young people want to do, but are sustainable for the individual as a career path and not on a casual basis. These jobs normally involve some form of training or further education. Marrying the needs of industry in terms of their current and future workforce requirements with the career or work aspirations of the up and coming workforce (the age cohort being the subject of the study) is seen as the major challenge. For example, retail is a predominant employer of young people but as they mature most leave the industry, principally because of the wage structuring of the sector. However, the sector in itself is a sustainable industry for the cohort.