Engaging young people and collaborating across sectors to create pathways to employment

27-28 July 2021 | Virtual Event

Young people across Australia have been the most significantly impacted demographic by the COVID-19 pandemic, with unemployment rates almost double that of the general population. Whilst recovery from the pandemic has begun in the job market, youth employment has been slower to rebound 


There has never been a more urgent need for sectors across Australia to come together and solve this persistent challenge. It is essential to provide young people with career plans and strategies to equip them with resilience, transferrable skills and end-to-end support required to navigate a rapidly changing and highly competitive job market. It’s also critical to increase the accessibility to career guidance, apprenticeships and flexible pathways to employment. 


Akolade’s 7th National Youth Employment Forum will address key challenges to upskilling young people, increasing their employability and collaborating across sectors to create job opportunities and career pathways. Delegates will also gain tools and strategies to drive engagement amongst studentsdevelop early intervention models, support vulnerable and at-risk youth and create effective partnerships across sectors to increase youth employment in Australia.


This event will take place via the EventsAir platform, which has the capacity for full networking, live Q&A, 1 to 1 meetings, contact sharing, notes plus much more. The sessions will also be recorded and then available for four weeks following the event should the attendees miss any sessions and wish to watch in their own time.

Drive engagement amongst young people through student-centric career planning strategies 

Equip young people with the skills and training required to compete and thrive in the job market 

Collaborate across the public, notforprofit and education sectors to connect young people with apprenticeships and meaningful employment 

Tackle the barriers to employment for vulnerable and at-risk youth 

Codesign policy that ensures pathways to sustainable employment for young people 


Julia Ryan

Director Office for Regional Youth
Department for Regional NSW

The Hon Luke Howarth MP

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services
Federal Member for Petrie

Melinda Crole

Chief Executive Officer
YMCA Australia

Dr Tony Mordini

Melbourne High School

Marcus Watson

Social Enterprise Manager

Dominic Teakle

Chief Executive Officer

Hang Vo

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Munro

Chief Executive Officer
Youth Action

Paul Ingwersen

Chief Executive Officer
Kestrel Recruitment

Ron Maxwell

Chief Executive Officer

Susannah Le Bron

Chief Executive Officer

Phillip Heath

Head of School
Barker College

Madeleine Buchner OAM

Chief Executive Officer
Little Dreamers

Shaun Cumming

Director Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing
NSW Treasury

Tracey Kelly

Chief Executive Officer
Murrylands Training and Employment Association of South Australia

Andrew McCarthy

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Victorian Group Training

Kathryn Taylor

Owner and Director
Turning Point Consulting and Wellbeing Australia

Andy Skidmore

Chief Executive Officer
Burn Bright

Allegra Spender

Chief Executive Officer
The Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN)

Angela White

Head of Operations and Programs
One Eighty

Jayden Parsons

Y Careers Project Support Coordinator
YMCA Australia

Katherine Ellis

Chief Executive Officer
Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)

Superintendent Mark Wall

Youth and Crime Prevention Commander
NSW Police Force

Dr Justin Barker

Executive Director
Youth Coalition of the ACT

Melanie de Wild-Timmerman

Education Officer Pathways and Partnerships/RTO
Catholic Schools Broken Hills



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