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A boost for young Playford creatives

A boost for young Playford creatives
Published 9 May 2023
The City of Playford will increase support to local young people looking for creative pathways to training and employment after receiving more than $360,000 as part of the Federal Government’s Strong and Resilient Communities, Inclusive Communities Grant program.

The funding, which was announced on Wednesday 03 May at Council’s creative youth hub, Northern Sound System (NSS), will be used to deliver the Creative Career Connectors program. The new program will provide free upskilling and mentoring to young people aged 12-18 years who have a passion for creative industries and are looking to transition to further training and employment.

Creative Career Connectors will commence in July 2023 and see up to 120 young people participate in workshops, training, excursions and mentoring in creative fields such as media broadcasting, game development and music production.

Mayor Glenn Docherty was delighted to receive the funding from the Minister of Social Services, the Honourable Amanda Rishworth MP.

“One in five people in Playford are aged 12-24 years so this funding will help boost the work Council does in supporting young people in our community,” said Mayor Docherty.

“We know there are many creative and talented young people in Playford who have big dreams and ambitions. This program will help participants build technical and interpersonal skills, while growing their social and industry networks.”

Participants will also gain a cluster of technical competencies, to assist in pursuing education or training pathways and finding employment in their chosen creative fields.

“We know that not all people learn in the same way and this program will support those looking for pathways to employment outside of traditional training and education pathways.”

“The Creative Career Connectors program will provide young people with an alternative way to pursue their chosen career path,” the Mayor said.

This funding was one of 32 grants offered as part of the Federal Government’s Strong and Resilient Communities, Inclusive Communities Grants, which funds projects to support young people aged 12-18 years, people with disability and mental health issues, vulnerable women or unemployed people.

For more information on the Creative Career Connectors program please contact NSS on 8255 5560.