QLD has third highest level of youth unemployment

QUEENSLAND has the third highest average level of youth unemployment in the country, and regional areas are among those suffering with a lack of young people in jobs.

A study from the Brotherhood of St Laurence released on Monday has found hotspots of up to 21% of youth unemployment in other states.

But it also found levels of youth unemployment in Queensland were at 13.2% of those aged 15 to 24, behind only the lagging economies of Tasmania at 17.4% and South Australia at 13.7%.

Brotherhood executive director Tony Nicholson said while there were "hotspots" of unacceptable youth unemployment, the problem was a national one.

And he said the community group's study also found generally the problem was worse in regional areas of the country suffering from under-preforming local economies.

Mr Nicholson said the study had highlighted a need for effective mentoring and internships with businesses in regional areas to ensure young people could get the experience needed to secure a long-term job.

"There's no lack of good will among businesses, but the trouble is the applicants are not meeting the level of skills they often need," he said.

"Often we are having students enrolled in training courses that do not lead directly to jobs, and the growing level of youth unemployment needs a national response.

"It's a disaster for our young people who want to work but are getting locked out of the workforce and locked into welfare dependency because they have no choice."

He said the Brotherhood was in discussions with the Federal Government to take on a pilot program it had created, but he had not yet had any formal meetings to outline a possible strategy.


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