Innovative and impactful youth employment programs are paving the way for brighter futures for Hervey Bay jobseekers.

HBNC delivers the Our Voice program, for 15 – 17 year olds, and the Industry Ready Training program (part of Local Industry Futures Training) for people 18 and over, from The Neighbourhood Hive.

Over the past 12 months the programs have had an 85% success rate in young people completing the training and going on to future employment and/or training.

More importantly, the holistic outcomes for the young people involved included overall improvements in mental health, wellbeing, community connection, money management, safety, family relationships and housing.

Sheenah Heinonen, HBNC Manager of Children, Family and Youth said the programs were launched in an effort to combat the challenges of youth unemployment and to empower the next generation.

”The Our Voice and Industry Ready Training programs, driven by a collective commitment to fostering economic growth and nurturing young talent, are providing invaluable opportunities for today's youth to gain crucial skills, secure meaningful employment, and shape their futures for the better,” Sheenah said.

HBNC has joined forces with many businesses like Hyne Timber, Hervey Bay RSL, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Mantra Hervey Bay, Bunnings Hervey Bay, Bamboo Land Nursery and Parklands and TAFE Hervey Bay, Bobs Tyres Hervey Bay and Wide Bay Seedlings to create youth employment programs that bridge the gap between education and the workforce.

“By providing tailored support and resources, these programs equip young participants with the skills they need to thrive in the job market now and into the future,” Sheenah said.

HBNC CEO, Tanya Stevenson, said these youth employment programs play a vital role in building a skilled and resilient workforce. 

"By investing in the potential of our young people, we not only strengthen our local economy but also create a pathway for a prosperous future for the entire community. The success of our programs lies in our ability to identify the unique strengths and talents of each young individual to overcome obstacles and unlock their full potential,” Tanya said.

As youth employment programs continue to gain traction and support, the future appears brighter for young individuals seeking to navigate the complex job market successfully. By nurturing their talents, fostering relevant skills, and instilling confidence, these programs help ensure a prosperous and thriving society for generations to come.

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