There’s an organization that’s been quietly running boot camps for young disadvantaged people in NSW and Victoria. It’s an intensive in-school course focusing on job readiness and enterprise skills. The boot camps are muscling up young people to give them a leg up to further training and meaningful jobs. In short, it’s setting them on a course to secure employment. No more brick walls.

Citi New Recruits Program will this year run 16 Bootcamps for 320 young people. It targets youth who are jobless or at risk of becoming unemployed following school.

Citi Foundation funds the program which Scott completed, while Skilling Australia Foundation does the hard yards in running it. That foundation was one of six beneficiaries to receive a whopping total of $1.5 million from Citi Foundation this year. There’s a bit of hoo-hah about the announcement today, Friday 1 September 2017. Citi Foundation, teamed up with Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison MP, to name those mightily chuffed six beneficiary organizations.

Citi knows all too well that in low socioeconomic areas there can be a disconnect between young people leaving school and finding work or going onto useful training. It’s crazy stuff when you hear Australian employers are crying for skilled candidates to fill 150,000 vacancies. Vocational education and training (VET) offer a nifty solution.

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