New project to link construction industry with youth to tackle unemployment—17 May 2018

With $251,360 in Australian Government funding awarded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, a new project led by Professor Martin Loosemore from The University of New South Wales aims to produce new insights into effective cross-sector collaboration in the construction industry, to provide solutions to address youth unemployment.

Youth unemployment is a significant economic, social and health problem. Yet Australia’s largest youth employer, the construction industry, faces skills shortages to deliver an unprecedented construction and infrastructure pipeline.

With additional cash and in-kind support from partner organisations including local government, the construction industry, and youth charity group, Yourtown, the research team will use new approaches to social procurement as a potential solution to both these challenges. This will lead to new insights, knowledge and practical tools.

 

Image: Australia’s largest youth employer is the construction industry. Construction Day—Group shot.
Source: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018