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JTYouthJobs to connect our nation’s youth with real work opportunities

Published on 9 Feb 2021

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Getting our nation’s youth into real work opportunities – this is the goal for Johnathan Thurston for 2021!

The Johnathan Thurston Academy is excited to launch its new JTYouthJobs platform which connects our nation’s youth with employers, hiring managers, and organizations.

JTYouthJobs will connect job seekers with real work opportunities through industry partnerships while simplifying and streamlining the application and employment process for both job seekers and employers.

JT Academy Managing Director Johnathan Thurston said research revealed one in three young people across the nation were unemployed or underemployed at the end of what was “a year beyond imagining” for those trying to join the workforce.*

“This statistic terrifies me and it’s this reason why we are committed to doing everything we can to help our nation’s youth get a foot in the door when it comes to working opportunities,” Johnathan said.

“JTYouthJobs has been designed to support our nation’s youth to reach personal, educational, and career goals.

“It’s about instilling the self-confidence in young Australians that there are opportunities out there and there are people and companies who want to give them a go.”

New research details the devastating impact COVID-19 economic recession on people aged 15 to 24.

The employment, higher education, and social pathways of young people have changed dramatically.

Australia’s youngest workers are now facing their most dire employment prospects in recent history.

The November 2020 youth unemployment rate was 15.6 percent, more than double the national average of 6.8 percent.

Unemployment is even more acute for young Indigenous Australians who have an unemployment rate of 20.7 percent.

Johnathan said this had resulted in a complex landscape for our nation’s youth to navigate, but he was adamant young people have enormous potential, and they are a vital resource for the Australian economy and community.

“Being employed is very important for our nation’s youth for their financial security, independence, wellbeing, a sense of belonging and achievement, purpose as well as personal and skill development,” he said.

“We believe that by instilling a strong sense of self-belief, confidence and courage will empower young people to pursue a career or a job for a better life.

“We aim to make a difference, one step at a time, and I believe this program will go a long way to helping.”

The Johnathan Thurston Academy is fast becoming Australia’s most ambitious, and leading provider of outstanding programs and initiatives for our nation’s youth, aimed at education, employment, wellbeing.

The JTYouthJobs platform is driven by the JT Academy team and powered by JTConnect, JTSucceed, and JT2020 robust signature employment programs. To register or for more information visit

* Research from the Brotherhood of St Laurence


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