Fellow to study youth job programs in Canada

Churchill Fellow Jeff Dzodz says youth employment |strategies in place in isolated areas of Canada may be |relevant for remote communities in WA.
Churchill Fellow Jeff Dzodz says youth employment |strategies in place in isolated areas of Canada may be |relevant for remote communities in WA.

The fellowship will allow him to travel to Canada to spend time with policymakers from all tiers of government in Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories to discuss the design of their youth employment programs and understand the drivers behind them.

He will also spend some time talking with non-government organisations, Aboriginal groups and employers to discuss their experiences with youth employment programs.

‘I am especially looking forward to travelling to Yellowknife, which is in the Northwest Territories close to the Arctic Circle. I will have the opportunity to spend some time with chiefs and members of the Inuit people who live and work in some of world’s most remote towns and communities,’ he said.

‘The remoteness of some of our towns and Aboriginal communities in WA requires some innovation and creative thinking with regard to job creation and I’m hoping that there are lessons that we can learn from the Aboriginal people in Canada.’

Mr Dzodz said he was proud to be associated with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

‘It’s a movement that encourages the pursuit of all types of research that will benefit the community and contribute to our society,’ he said.

‘As a Churchill Fellow, I will have the opportunity to reach out to those who are working in my field and learn from them.

‘This experience will be invaluable to me but hopefully it will also lead to some new youth employment projects in Perth and other parts of WA and Australia.’