Members of the 2021 Regional Youth Taskforce have met in person for the first time in Coffs Harbour.
The Taskforce was formed last year to advise Regional Youth Minister Bronnie Taylor on the issues of wellbeing, connectivity, work readiness and the community.
Mrs Taylor said the Taskforce provided valuable feedback on how to prepare regional youth for the workforce, including accessible transport, practical opportunities to increase job prospects, targeted education and training and how the government can help make the transition from school to work easier.
“Regional youth are the leaders of tomorrow and their resilience and ambition is crucial to the prosperity of NSW, particularly as we look to recover from the impacts of drought, floods, bushfires and COVID-19,” Mrs Taylor said.
“High unemployment and travelling long distances to work has affected regional youth for too long and we need to find new ways to get young people into long-term employment. Ensuring our communities future generations are upskilled will help us build a safer, stronger regional NSW.”
The Regional Youth Taskforce will hold four meetings this year.