Good360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
Opinion  |  Careers

Disrupt Unemployment Cycle With Practical Skills


Friday, 8th March 2019 at 5:36 pm
Jak Hardy
High-value industries demand an equipped workforce which we simply don’t have, writes social entrepreneur Jak Hardy, reflecting on his experience of working with young people on the Sunshine Coast.


Friday, 8th March 2019
at 5:36 pm
Jak Hardy


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Disrupt Unemployment Cycle With Practical Skills
Friday, 8th March 2019 at 5:36 pm

High-value industries demand an equipped workforce which we simply don’t have, writes social entrepreneur Jak Hardy, reflecting on his experience of working with young people on the Sunshine Coast.

Every day, I work with inspiring geniuses and equally inspiring misfits. With social innovators leading change, and pioneers taking a risk in enterprise. Confidence and community pride are booming.

And I’ve witnessed time and again the power of work in affording dignity, creating wealth, and breaking the generational curse of welfare dependency. It’s the bridge between benefitting and blessing, taking and giving.

Yet, the common thread between these young people is that they aren’t finding meaningful work in the region they love. Unless they create work, many of them fail to find a job at all. And a recent report from the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence paints that same stark picture.

Part of this is a dynamic economic landscape. On the coast, we’re seeing firsthand the effect of digital disruption, as the manufacturing, maintenance and wholesale trade sectors shrink. But we’re also seeing growth in construction, thanks to increased local development and federal investment; as well as in health, social assistance, and education – the people sector.

Overall, however, there’s a decrease in both skilled and unskilled youth employment. Why? Because these high-value industries demand an equipped workforce which we simply don’t have.

We don’t teach the basics of economics and competitive advantage. Civics, practical business, finance and digital skills are subject options, not graduate outcomes. The opportunity to hone leadership and citizenship is afforded only to the gifted or already-engaged.

These aren’t ignorable “soft” skills. These are life skills and vocational imperatives. Without them, the emerging workforce finds itself incapable, unequipped and unemployable.

In the community services sector, I’ve hired Certificate III graduates over postgraduate students, because their practical business skills exceeded that of most politicians. That’s a low bar, I’ll admit – just look at Queensland’s bloating debt and public service! And as a consultant, I’ve found myself tackling basic interpersonal skills with clients and classes, instead of the complex management problems I’ve been trained to address.

This is the real skills shortage. And as we wrestle with youth unemployment, again, how about we deal with youth employability in the long-term, before we find ourselves scrambling to find jobs for another unprepared workforce.

About the author: Jak Hardy is a Sunshine Coast social entrepreneur and consultant, working in the international development sector. He is the 2017 Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year.  


Jak Hardy  |  @ProBonoNews

Jak Hardy is a Sunshine Coast social entrepreneur and consultant, working in the international development sector. He is the 2017 Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

When there is no ritual to dream: The silence of Indigenous suicide

Contributor

Friday, 24th May 2019 at 4:48 pm

What charities want: A little more respect, a little more certainty

David Crosbie

Thursday, 11th April 2019 at 8:54 am

A cynical exercise in vote buying, or blue sky thinking?

Kasy Chambers

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 at 12:38 pm

Historic pay equity settlement for NZ care workers delivers mixed results

Contributor

Thursday, 28th March 2019 at 5:34 pm

POPULAR

Morrison vows to prioritise NDIS following election win

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th May 2019 at 4:05 pm

Australia set to face UN scrutiny over disability rights

Luke Michael

Friday, 17th May 2019 at 4:45 pm

Guide dogs business venture set to shake up traditional charity model

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 13th May 2019 at 4:11 pm

Good360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!