The Youth Coalition is strongly committed to progressing the further development and sustainability of the youth sector in the ACT, through the implementation of sector development and workforce development initiatives. The Youth Coalition has been undertaking sector development activities for a number of years, particularly focusing on resource development and information dissemination, training and professional development opportunities, and networking and partnership activities. Through the policy and sector development activities implemented by the Youth Coalition, it has become clear that broader, sector-wide strategies also need to be identified to support the future development and capacity of the youth sector.
Click here to view the Youth Coalition's Policy Platform on the ACT Youth Sector, which provides more information on Workforce Development.
In 2008, the Youth Coalition implemented the Professional Ethics of Youth Work Project, which sought to progress ethical understanding and practice across the youth sector in the ACT. In February 2010, the Youth Coalition released a report Professional Ethics and Youth Work: A Model for Strengthening Youth Work Practice in the ACT. One recommendation of the report was:
That a comprehensive workforce profile be conducted of the youth sector so as to better define the nature and extent of the youth work workforce; its professional and qualification profile, to support youth sector workforce planning and development initiatives.
Click here to view the report Professional Ethics and Youth Work: A Model for Strengthening Youth Work Practice in the ACT.
To progress this recommendation in the Professional Ethics and Youth Work Report, the Youth Coalition self-funded the ACT Youth Sector Workforce Profile Project which was implemented between April and November 2010. The Project developed a comprehensive profile of the youth sector workforce, including demographic and workplace information, education and training attainment; incentives to entering the youth sector, and future employment plans.
Click here for more information on the ACT Youth Sector Workforce Profile Project.