Bendigo, which is the fourth largest inland city in Australia, has an unemployment rate of 30.4% – with 3,400 less young people in work since 2010. With numerous initiatives – both government and private – in place to give locals the greatest chance at career success in Bendigo is working towards combating their high unemployment rates through workforce development.
One third of local youth out of work
Bendigo’s Labour MP believes the unemployment rates in Bendigo are being affected by the 417-visa program – locking young local workers out of a job. Nearly 250,000 working holiday visas issued each year were contributing to the 2,500 unemployed young people in Bendigo.
“I am especially concerned that the low rates (of pay) these workers accept, while they may be award rate, are less than the local collective agreement, and in this way our local workers are being serious undermined,” she said.
But the region is doing everything in their power to up skill their locals. Read More