Covid19 and Young people
Inner Northern Youth Employment Taskforce

The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering social, economic and political crises around the world.  The economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to be longer and deeper than any recession for several generations, and the impact could be profound on the careers of young people. 

In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the Inner Northern Youth Employment Taskforce (INYET) is initiating the COVID-19 Recovery Scenario for young people in Melbourne’s Inner North initiative.

The Taskforce has cross sector membership with representation by local leaders from community, business, local government, schools, education provides TAFE and universities who have been working together for the past five years.

The COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios

 The COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios is a process to identify the key COVID related challenges facing young people in the inner north, and plan how to respond. This will be a six month process focused on developing innovative scenarios to meet these unprecedented challenges.

Why

The COVID-19 pandemic is triggering social, economic and political crises around the world.  The economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to be longer and deeper than any recession for several generations, and the impact could be profound on the careers of young people. Previous recessions and depressions in the 1920s, 1980s, and 2008 suggest a recovery will take at least a decade.

The Grattan Institute Report Shutdown: estimating the COVID -19 employment shock initial estimates are that the impact for young people aged between 20-30 will be an unemployment rate around 30%, and for those aged between 15-19, a rate in excess of 40%. Young people aged between 18-25 were surveyed by YACVIC in May about the impact of the pandemic on their lives, and 55% reported that employment and income support was their greatest concern.

Who is involved?

The INYET is working in partnership with UNEVO-RMIT University (UNEVOC) with backbone project support provide by INLLEN. By partnering with UNEVOC-RMIT University we will gain rapid access to international data, research and analysis, developing responses to the emerging health, education, skills and employment needs of young people.

Professor Peter Kelly

Professor Peter Kelly
Professor Of Education, Head UNESCO UNEVOC, at RMIT University

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Project Phases

The project is collecting information from individuals, organizations and agencies across the region. Young people will also contribute their views.

In the second half of 2020, we will:

Project Phases

  • Provide a short online survey available to all INLLEN members and contacts
  • Hold one-on-one online interviews with approximately 35 individuals
  • Seek recorded contributions from 60 young people contacted through local agencies
  • Review the latest data, forecasts and other available relevant research.
  • Two Scenario Planning Workshops will then bring all the data and information together.

What will result from this?

The Scenario development process will place a priority on place-based responses, which will include:

  • A shared understanding of the situation young people find themselves in.
  • A regional overview of the priority needs of young people and the strategies and initiatives being adopted by each organisation or agency.
  • Identifying opportunities for collaborative effort to respond to the needs of young people, where individual organisation/agency responses are limited.

UNEVOC-RMIT will publish a Preferred Scenario Report with recommendations for release and communication capable of influencing place-based responses as well as informing government responses.

 

Interview Series

Check out our new video series compiled from our recent stakeholder interviews for the 'COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios' project.

These video series are a collection of voices representing local schools, education institutions, community agencies, and local business & industry on how COVID-19 has impacted young people in Melbourne's inner north.

The conversations from those working with young people are helping inform the development of Future Scenarios for education, work, wellbeing and community engagement?

View, the entire series, or catch up on the latest video instalments go to our Youtube Channel

Have your say.

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Let us know how you think COVID-19 will impact young people in Melbourne's inner north.

We are gathering views from a range of people and organisations across Melbourne's inner north about the impact of COVID-19 and the implications for young people. This information will be used in Scenario Planning workshops later this year. The workshops will develop a preferred scenario for the future with a time horizon to 2025. At the end of the survey, you can indicate whether you are interested in being kept informed about the progress and outcome of the Scenario project.

Take the survey

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For enquiries about COVID-19 Recovery Scenarios project contact:

Peter Kellock

Manager of Research Projects

E: pkellock@inllen.org.au

Or

David Kennedy

Executive Officer

E: dkennedy@inllen.org.au

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