South West Connect, the Partnership Broker provider in Fairfield/Liverpool, has positively impacted 5702 young people, 36 high schools and 20 primary schools through 35 partnerships with local business and community groups.
“Our focus is to connect young people at school with businesses and the community in order for them to make some links so that they are more engaged in their education that they see the relevance of their education to the world of work” said Executive Officer of South West Connect Carol Richardson.
Based on the budget, the $50m million Partnership Brokering program will not be funded beyond December 2014. As a result, close to 360,000 young people – among them teens from some of Australia’s most disadvantaged regional and indigenous communities may no longer have the support provided by the partnerships facilitated by the Partnership Brokering Program.
Brenden Williamson is one of the many students that South West Connect helps in finding career opportunities. However with the new budget cuts, many students will be affected.
Interview with the Executive Officer of South West Connect Carol Richardson: