Posted on 22. May, 2014 in News

Denis Napthine has cut the state’s Youth Employment Scheme, at the height of Victoria’s youth unemployment crisis.

Minister for Employment, Louise Asher, today admitted the Liberal Government reduced the number of traineeships in the scheme from 450 to 280 and slashed the amount of funding from $4500 to $500 per traineeship.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Victoria’s youth unemployment is 20 per cent – the highest on the Australian mainland. The figures are higher in some regional centres.

Quotes attributable to Mr Pallas:

“What sort of Government cuts the Youth Employment Scheme at the height of a youth unemployment crisis?”

“Under Denis Napthine, youth are missing out.”

“It’s so much harder for them to get a job and get the skills they need to build a better life.”

Key Facts

• More than 52,000 jobs have been lost in Victoria under the Napthine Government.
• Victoria has the worst youth unemployment rate on the mainland.
• Youth unemployment is even higher in some regional centres with Ballarat at 26.2 per cent, Bendigo 23.3 per cent, Hume 24.8 per cent, Warrnambool 20 per cent, Shepparton 15.2 per cent, Geelong 14.3 per cent, North-West Victoria 18.5 per cent, Gippsland 12.3 per cent, Mornington Peninsula 21.3 per cent, Melbourne West 15.5 per cent, Melbourne South West 15.6 per cent, Melbourne Outer East 15.3 per cent, Melbourne North West 15.2 per cent, Melbourne North East 16.3 per cent, Melbourne Inner South 7.1 per cent, Melbourne Inner East 18.8 per cent, Melbourne Inner 7 per cent and Greater Melbourne 14.1 per cent.
• Denis Napthine has cut more than $1 billion from TAFE.

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