SYC has today welcomed the commitment of the Coalition to back a pilot project that will support young South Australians to gain and sustain work.

“SYC has for some time been championing the importance of supporting young people into work and in their first experiences of the world of work,” says SYC Chief Executive Officer, Paul Edginton.

“The Sticking Together Project aims to achieve a step-change improvement in youth employment outcomes through a focus on young people recently placed in work. Specifically, it seeks to support young people to work to the maximum extent possible over their first 60 weeks of employment and stay in work beyond the support period,” Mr Edginton explains.

“Together with our project partners, SYC is establishing a Post-Placement Support Service from 1 January 2017.

“This Coalition commitment means we can now test and learn from the model in South Australia, where the need to support jobs for young people is undeniably necessary,” Mr Edginton noted.

The South Australian pilot will become a centrepiece of this project.

SYC has championed the issue of improving youth employment outcomes with its My First Job initiative ( which included the release in October 2014 of a White Paper prepared by a working group of employer, service providers and peak bodies that stepped out a plan for enhancing employment for young people leaving education and joining the workforce.

“We look forward to piloting the Sticking Together Project in South Australia from January 2017. The Coalition commitment to provide up to $750,000 to support up to 50 young unemployed South Australians and their employers will extend this project to Mile End and Marion in Adelaide,” Mr Edginton concluded.