We’re working to transform the systems that impact young people so they can pursue lives they value.
Over recent decades, education has been seen as the main path to a sustainable livelihood.
However, shifts in the labour market threaten to leave young people behind. There is no longer such a direct link between education and satisfying, decent work.
Ensuring all young people have a future to aspire to is a responsibility shared among policymakers, employers, educators and the community. We need collaboration based on the best evidence and ideas.
The Youth Opportunity team makes the most of its position at the nexus of research, policy and practice. We work hand-in-glove with BSL’s youth transition team to pursue systemic change for young people experiencing disadvantage.
Our work spans the areas of education, employment, leaving care and custody, and homelessness and housing.
• Expand the availability of specialist employment assistance for young people.
This report examines the contexts and mechanisms which enable the implementation of a national youth employment ecosystem that connects young people to decent work while also meeting the workforce needs of employers and industry in local communities.
The BSL's applied systemic change guide draws on extensive experience from research, policy and practice to provide the essential ideas, practices and tools to create deep and lasting change in human services.
In Australia the COVID recession has compounded a decade of high youth unemployment that followed the global financial crisis, according to research for the Youth Unemployment Monitor December 2020.
This paper identifies the range of current government-funded employment programs for which young people may be eligible.
What works to achieve effective employment services for young people? This report presents lessons from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice
This Stage 11 report of the Life Chances Study examines post-compulsory education and work experiences for young people in their mid-20s.
The most comprehensive study of foyers shows that prioritising education for young people experiencing homelessness pays off.
How can we support young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order to make a successful transition to adulthood?
How valuable are small community service organisations to those who use them and those who work within them?
This applied research initiative will test a place-based approach to the interconnected challenges of rural workforce shortages, sustained youth unemployment and declining efficacy of existing agricultural training programs.
A research project providing new insights into enabling young people to pursue their employment goals, place based responses to youth unemployment, and collaborative ways of working
A project giving young people the freedom to take photographs that represent their experiences of education or employment