The Morrison Government is helping young people in Ulladulla find a job, enter education or undertake training through a new trial under the Try Test and Learn Fund.
Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis MP and Liberal candidate for Gilmore, Warren Mundine today announced funding for the Dunn Lewis F3style project, where 96 young people aged 16 to 21 will be able to gain skills to help them find a job.
“The Morrison Government is providing $828,000 to the Dunn Lewis F3style project to help Ulladulla’s young people gain life and work experience in a supported environment.” Mr Fletcher said.
“This is a great example of effective on the ground support to equip Ulladulla’s unemployed youth, with project participants set to be offered paid work, mentoring and Cert I, II or III training to get them job ready.”
As part of the project young people will undertake three hours of paid employment every week through two in-house work experience opportunities that will involve planning and operating a pop-up cafe, working in an on-site garden and developing a local online directory.
Ann Sudmalis MP said the Dunn Lewis F3style project is a win for the Ulladulla community.
“I have been fighting for the delivery of this project for a long time and I am proud to see it come to fruition. The experience provided by this project will help young people identify a career path or future study.” Ms Sudmalis said.
“I have been pleased to secure over $3.9 million in Federal funding during my term in Parliament to support the good work of Dunn Lewis.”
Mr Mundine said participants will also be paired with local retirees who will provide mentoring and valuable life experience and share their skills from working in the region.
“Young people in our region will gain confidence through developing their skills, finding a job and breaking the cycle of unemployment,” Mr Mundine said.
“This project provides an opportunity for those who may be struggling to find a job or get the skills they need to get their dream job.” Mr Mundine said.
Once participants have completed the training, they will move on to paid employment rotations at four local businesses – one shift every week, for 12 weeks each. While they work these shifts they will each have direct support from a mentor.
Founder and President of the Dunn and Lewis Youth Development Foundation Gayle Dunn said:
“The mission of the Dunn and Lewis Youth Development Foundation is to provide access to services and create new opportunities for all young people in Ulladulla to live their best lives. The foundation believes in and is committed to developing the potential of each individual and we recognise that every young person has the capacity to play a valuable role in society. With the funding from the Try, Test and Learn Fund we aim to improve the lives and the futures of a number of young people in Ulladulla.”
Young people aged 16-21 in Ulladulla can learn more about getting involved by contacting the Dunn Lewis Centre on 02 4455 4626.