Helping early school leavers reach their potential

The first group of early school leavers to complete one of three customised pilot projects delivered through the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP) graduated today in Logan City, south of Brisbane.

Announcing the first graduates, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird MP said investing in the skills of young people was a critical element to the Government’s agenda.

“We believe that lifting the language, literacy and numeracy skills of young people has long-term benefits – it can really set them up for life,” Ms Bird said.

“The Government will continue investing in the foundation skills of young people who have slipped through the school system, to help them reach their full potential.

“This is the first of three graduations which will give the young people a chance to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the program” Ms Bird said.

Jobs Service Australia provider Boystown has worked with its local LLNP provider, Training Queensland, to incorporate tailored courses to prepare them for the workplace.

New ways to deliver training were developed that move young people out of the standard classroom environment and into activities that are innovative and engaging while at the same time delivering educational outcomes.

The Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Kate Ellis MP, said the pilot had been an opportunity to tailor services for young people.

“We’re delivering great outcomes and we’re also building up our expertise in strengthening the links between employment and training providers,” Ms Ellis said.

The pilot project is funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education in partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.