The National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) was established by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2018 to enable a coherent, multi-sectoral response to youth unemployment. The aim of the NYEB is to facilitate collaborative efforts that enable young people to secure decent work while addressing the needs of industry for a diverse and adaptable workforce.
Young people in Australia want to work. Many young people are struggling to enter a changing labour market, and when they do, it is often into highly insecure, low skilled and low paid work. COVID-19 has only exacerbated these challenges and intensified the urgency for a targeted youth unemployment response.
The NYEB is building on international evidence and the Brotherhood’s research, policy and practice experience in developing and delivering innovative employment programs, including the development of the Transition to Work Community of Practice. This work focuses on place and facilitating collaboration to connect locally driven solutions to national policy impacts and systems change.
The NYEB is driving impact by supporting local communities to develop flexible, integrated and scalable employment solutions that benefit young people, employers, communities and adaptive policy making across Australia, by:
The National Community of Practice has captured its Employer Champions on film to share what is working well in creating pathways to employment for young people.
The National Employers Reference Group represents a wide range of industries, locations and employers of all sizes to provide a diversity of views on youth unemployment.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been funded by the Department of Jobs and Small Business to host the establishment of a National Youth Employment Body.