How can the tech sector address youth unemployment in Australia?

Talent RISE is committed to making a difference to youth unemployment. Here are just a few of the ways IT&T businesses and employees can help.

Youth unemployment is a major issue facing Australia. Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found a little over 13 per cent of the country’s youth labour force was unemployed as of December 2016. This number is higher than other countries like Canada and the United States, but we do have the ability to make a difference – especially within the IT&T sector.

Our industry can be a powerful thing when we all work together, with some 15 million global IT&T professionals all able to contribute to the cause. This is the goal of Talent RISE, and together with partners both in Australia and overseas, we are striving to provide some solutions. Let’s look at just a few of the ways that businesses and individuals from the tech sector can get involved.

Job placements

The most effective way for organisations to make a difference is to offer jobs, it’s plain and simple. By providing opportunities for talented young Australians to work and learn new skills, candidates and clients can win big. Not only will your company be giving an opportunity to somebody in need, but the whole recruitment process will be supported by the team from Talent RISE. Some of the roles we’re looking for include administration, customer service IT desk support, digital media, and marketing, and any placements available can make a huge impact.

Donate equipment

One of the biggest obstacles young IT&T workers may face when trying to upskill is a lack of access to equipment. In contrast, businesses in the industry are almost always updating one part or another of their technical systems. Instead of letting these computers and other pieces of equipment sit unused in a storage cupboard, you can donate them to Talent RISE. We’ll give this equipment a second life, by repurposing it for our partner organisations that can ensure it’s put to good use in training environments.

Individual efforts

While businesses can make a massive impact on youth unemployment, it’s just as important for individuals in the industry to take a look at the problem and help in whatever way they can. This could be a financial donation, but just as valuable is volunteering to be a mentor or assist with training. There are all sorts of ways for IT&T professionals to help out. From a few hours workshopping a specialist subject through to being a sounding board for an inexperienced new employee, personalised support can go a long way.

To find out more about how you or your business can make a difference, get in touch with Talent RISE today.