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Since 2014, national youth employment rates have been suffering. Joblessness among Australian youth aged 15-24 is currently standing at above 12 per cent; more than double the general national rate. Meanwhile, our workforce is struggling with a skills shortage across a number of sectors.


On August 23, Skillsroad - Australia’s number one destination for career advice and entry-level jobs - launched its second national Youth Census to investigate the causes of this issue. Commissioned by Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) and supported by the NSW Business Chamber and wider business chamber movement, the Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census is a survey designed to illuminate the hopes, fears and general attitudes of Australian young people as they transition from school to the workforce.

In 2017, over 13,000 Australian youth completed the survey, reporting below-average ‘life satisfaction’ and sense of wellbeing, as well as significant levels of stress and uncertainty about choosing career pathways. In light of these results, the 2018 Census aims to reach as many young people as possible to build on existing knowledge from last year’s report, delving deeper into the wellbeing of young Australians by examining the specific areas in which they struggling. The insights gained from the Youth Census will be used to inform the development of new tools and resources within the workplace to best support our young people.


The survey will also further interrogate the specific concerns that surround Australian youth’s entry into the workforce, motivations behind career choice and expectations of work, and the disparity between attitudes across different demographics.


As the only survey exploring youth employment on this scale, the Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census will provide unprecedented, evidence-based insight for schools, parents and businesses into the necessary tools and frameworks required to properly support Australian young people seeking work.


By taking less than ten minutes to fill out the survey, youth will be in the running to win their choice of either a $1,000 gift card or travel voucher. Weekly prizes of $100 gift cards will also be released to a few lucky participants over the duration of the census, and participants increase their chances of winning by referring friends to complete the survey.


The Skillsroad Youth Census is open to all Australian young people aged 15-24 and can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/Youth-Census-2018.


The Census closes on September 30 2018, with a report to be released on 15 October.

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