Cuts to local youth learning services

A LOCAL youth learning and employment organisation is facing closure at the end of this year because it has lost its federal funding.

The Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network, or GLLEN, supports youth in their transition from education to employment.

The funding has come from different levels of government during the 13 years of its existence, but last year funding for GLLEN was 90 per cent funded by the federal government.

The funding contracts were up for renewal at the end of this year but the federal government's budget released last month did not renew the funding.

It is possible if you work and stay at school that you can get a job, it's not just luck

Chris Coughlan

GLLEN partnership broker Chris Coughlan said the cuts meant rural and regional youth would miss out.

Mr Coughlan said there would be less help for young people who found it difficult to fit into mainstream schooling.

He said GLLEN worked with disadvantaged youth who had a family history of unemployment.

"It is possible if you work and stay at school that you can get a job, it's not just luck," Mr Coughlan said.

He said it was unlikely GLLEN's work could be continued through other organisations because they were already too stretched.

"We've invested lots of time and effort and a lot of public money into developing relationships and developing programs that are going to go somewhere and now they are just going to be stopped."

Mr Coughlan said GLLEN was considering approaching the state government for funding.


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