Gateway to finding a job

Youth programs officer Nigel Morrison. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d410631
Youth programs officer Nigel Morrison. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d410631

Cr Adams said youth unemployment in Kwinana was just under 20 per cent.

The Urban Gate program has been in operation for the past two months and focuses on re-engaging marginalised young people to education to tackle the City’s youth unemployment problem.

Throughout the program, young participants complete several accredited courses aimed at developing personal, work and social skills to further their employment opportunities.

The participants learn basic maths, computing, community participation, workplace practice, and health and wellbeing.

Fundamental skills developed will be put into practical use, with urban art projects installed around the City.

Youth programs officer at the Zone Youth Space, Nigel Morrison, said he had never expected to hear the group say they enjoyed learning maths or English.

‘The young people really enjoy coming to the Gate program and the fact they show up every single day, some of them an hour before the class starts, shows how much they want to be here,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘I think the group likes proving people wrong (about misconceptions of youth) and this group shows that young people can accomplish anything with the right push.’

For more information about The Urban Gate program, contact the Zone Youth Space on 9236 4550.