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New Youth Employment Consortium to get 5,000 unemployed youth into work

Jobfind is proud to announce the creation of a new Youth Employment Consortium, pledging to get 5,000 unemployed young people into jobs.

Jobfind has been the force behind the creation of a new consortium of high-profile employers, educators and not-for-profits pledging to join together to defeat youth unemployment. On International Youth Day it is important to recognise that if you are an Australian under 25 you are more than twice as likely to be unemployed [1]. Being unemployed when you are young has serious consequences for long term wages, health, social exclusion and even for the next generation [2].  

The combined expertise of Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium will deliver training, support, apprenticeships, and real job opportunities to young unemployed Australians. Our partners are proactive organisations that are willing to take ownership of the problem and work collaboratively to find solutions. We are pleased to announce our partners include:

Australian Retailers Association, Angus Knight Institute, Future Minds Network, Ladder, MAS National, MEGT, Mission Engage, Programmed, Real Futures, Squad, TAFE Directors Australia, WPC Group, Youth Development Foundation and Youth Junction Inc.

AngusKnight CEO, Cameron Judson said “Youth unemployment is Australia’s most serious social and economic challenge and Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium aims to deliver real change by combining the forces of many different businesses to focus on the issue of youth engagement, skills and employment. As a business, our strength has been built on the exponential power of the partnerships we build with experts in their field. With Jobfind CEO, Karena Newland, I am really excited about how we together deliver real hope, skills and employment outcomes for young people” 

Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra said “The retail industry employs more than 1.2 million people which accounts for 10 per cent of the entire Australian workforce. We employ more young people than most other industries, providing most Australians with their first employment experience. COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns have impacted young workers particularly hard so we applaud this new initiative which will help get more young Australians back into jobs.”

Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, The Hon Luke Howarth said “I am heartened to see grass roots initiatives like Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium tackling youth unemployment. I hope to see you reaching the goal of 5,000 young unemployed into work.”

2021 Young Australian of the Year Finalist and CEO of Future Minds Network, Nathaniel Diong joins Jobfind’s Youth Employment Consortium as our first Youth Ambassador to work in concert with our consortium partners to improve opportunities and collaboration in addressing youth employment and skills training issues.

Jobfind Youth Employment Consortium Ambassador Nathaniel Diong comments: “85% of the jobs young people will work at in 2030 don’t even exist yet. Above all, we need to equip young people with the skills to adapt to uncertainty – and we can do that through entrepreneurship education. We’re excited to be working with Jobfind and the consortium to tackle youth unemployment head-on for young people across Australia.” Jobfind is a member of the Angus Knight Group.

[1] June 2021 ABS figures show general unemployment at 4.9% and youth unemployment at 10.2%

[2] Morz and Savage (2006) show that a six-month unemployment period at the age of 22 leads to lower hourly wages of about 8% at the age of 23. See also Bacher et al., 2016; Bartley, 1994; Kuhn et al., 2009; McKee-Ryan et al., 2005; Schaufeli, 1997

Press Releases

Unparalleled new partnership to help 20,000+ Australians into work

Jobfind, one of Australia’s highest performing jobactive employment organisations, is proud to announce a new partnership with Australia’s leading staffing, maintenance and care services provider, Programmed who employ around 30,000 people each day.  

The new partnership will deliver real job opportunities to unemployed Australians. It will empower job seekers and assist them on a career pathway across a wide range of industries, as well as help employers to fill their vacancies with appropriately trained and selected employees.  

CEO of Angus Knight Group (which owns Jobfind), Cameron Judson said,

“Programmed are one of our nation’s largest and leading employers, successfully employing tens of thousands of people each week. They strive to put people first, with a focus on safety, training, developing skills and supporting communities. We work with thousands of job seekers from diverse backgrounds, looking to find meaningful work, changing their lives forever. By combining forces and providing linked-up services, we are empowering more Australians into great jobs.”  

Programmed’s Staffing and Training CEO Nic Fairbank said, 

“Bringing together the experience of Jobfind with Programmed’s leading staffing and training services across Australia will mean more employment pathways will be available to more people to help them create meaningful employment and careers for life. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Jobfind to help jobactive participants succeed in work and in life.”  

This new partnership complements Jobfind’s existing relationship with over 800 employers across its jobactive program. 


Programmed is a leading provider of Staffing, Maintenance and Care services across Australia and New Zealand, one of Australia’s top thirty companies by revenue, and a top ten private employer. Our business model is built around our ability to recruit, deploy, manage and maintain a large, directly employed workforce of professional, skilled and semi-skilled staff with a wide range of capabilities from our 100+ branches across metropolitan and regional areas throughout ANZ. Our 30,000+ team members serve more than 10,000 customers every day. Our customers cover all sectors including education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing, utilities, transport and mining. 

Founded locally in 1951 and now owned by Japanese company Persol, Programmed has grown over the past 70 years organically and through extensive acquisitions. 



Jobfind was established in 1998 and is a leading provider of employment, recruitment and post-employment services having placed and supported more than half a million Australians. Nationwide, with significant ties to Melbourne from the North of the City to the Mornington Peninsula, we are proud of 4 and 5-star ratings and our commitment to jobactive, DES and Parents Next customers.   

At Jobfind, we deliver life changing opportunities for individuals and committed workers for employers. Our highly dedicated staff and exceptional service motto reflects our commitment to quality for more than 20 years, two decades of experience helping the hardest to help back into work. Jobfind is proudly part of the Angus Knight Group.   



Now in its 30th year, the Angus Knight Group develops individuals, communities, and organisations via employment, training and workforce solutions.  Servicing diverse markets within the Government, corporate, indigenous and community sectors, Angus Knight combines customer-focused insights with productivity prowess to empower clients to meet their full potential – be it personal, commercial or philanthropic. Operating in over 200 locations in Australia and the UK, Angus Knight has helped more than 1 million people in work. We are 100% Australian owned and our 15 companies employ more than 700 people to deliver services in Australia and the UK.