Creative industries pathways to youth employment in the COVID-19 recession

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It is really exciting to announce that I am the second Chief Investigator (CI) on a brand new Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project.

The project team, lead brilliantly by Professor Anna Hickey-Moody, and including A/Prof Scott Brook (CI), Dr Tammy Hulbert (CI), Dr Rimi Khan (Partner Investigor, PI), Ms Lesley Giles (PI) and Dr Christen Cornell (PI), brings together colleagues from RMIT (Australia and Vietnam) and a range of Partner Organisations (POs) including: AUSTRALIA COUNCIL, AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, THE PUSH INCORPORATED, Future Foundations Limited, CENTRE FOR MULTICULTURAL YOUTH, BACK TO BACK THEATRE INC, and Work Advance.

The project, titled, Creative industries pathways to youth employment in the COVID-19 recession, has been funded by the ARC for the next three years for a total of $338k, with that amount matched by POs (cash and in-kind), 

The project aims to accredit 21st century skills developed through youth arts. The significance of this project lies in our response to the increase in Australia’s youth unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and industry demand for 21st century skills. Outcomes include pathways from arts to employment and job-ready skill development, through micro-creds that showcase skills to employers. Benefits align with UN Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 8: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

The project, in part, is based in the work that we have been developing at UNEVOC – including through Seth Brown and James Goring – and leverages this into the work undertaken by the creative and cultural industries. This ‘cross-pollination’ is also seeding the work that we developing on micro-creds for sustainable futures.


By Peter Kelly

I am a Professor of Education at Deakin University.

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