More carrot, less stick: will the Budget do enough for young people in the long-term?

Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice

More carrot, less stick: will the Budget do enough for young people in the long-term?

This year’s federal Budget included intensive support to retrain the long-term unemployed, particularly young people. Funding was allocated to vocational education, literacy and numeracy initiatives, and to employment services for training in digital skills.

CYPEP director Lucas Walsh and research fellow Bertalan Magyar, state that the success of these investments will depend on a number of contextual factors that pre-date COVID-19:

  1. Young people experience economic downturns disproportionately
  2. Access to quality training is uneven and sometimes poor in quality
  3. Working life is becoming more insecure
  4. Not everybody wants to work in IT or aged care

Read the full article in Education HQ, published on 27 May 2021