City of Ryde to do more to address Youth Unemployment
Published on 02 March 2018
The City of Ryde will investigate opportunities to do more to assist young members of the community find more employment opportunities.
Statistics from the 2016 Census show that 14.7% of Ryde residents aged 15 to 24 years of age are unemployed, which is a higher rate than levels in neighbouring local government areas such as Willoughby (11.5%) and Strathfield (14%), and only slightly lower than Parramatta (14.9%).
The City of Ryde currently undertakes an intern program to support young workers including partnering with University of Technology Sydney for newly qualified engineers, and at its meeting on Tuesday 27 February Council resolved to investigate opportunities to expand its current intern program to assist local graduates and apprentices gain work experience.
Ryde Young Citizen of the Year Rhett Prado addressed Councillors about the struggle that young people in Ryde face in finding employment.
“Youth unemployment and under-employment, is an alarming issue facing the community of Ryde. With housing prices pushing up the cost of living, Ryde's younger citizens are finding it harder to make ends meet,” Mr Prado said.
“Expanding internships within the City of Ryde provides the Ryde youth an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the hope that it will increase their employment prospects and give them a kick-start into their future careers.
“These internships are not only valuable to the young people receiving them. It also gives Ryde Council many new bright and keen young workers who are willing to learn and grow in their positions.”
City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said more needed to be done at all levels of government to assist young people in finding employment opportunities.
“Providing more opportunities for local graduates and apprentices to gain vital work experience will provide a great stepping stone for those struggling to find work,” Clr Laxale said.
“Expanding the Council’s intern program is just one initiative and I will be working with Councillors and staff over the next year to try and identify ways in which we can address youth unemployment in the City of Ryde.”