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At Shell we are focused on delivering social investment programs which focus on Education. We aim to equip disadvantaged young people with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to take advantage of opportunities and help solve challenges, creating a better future for all Australians.
Unlocking potential in disadvantaged youth
Volunteers at work
Shell Australia’s 2014 – 2016 Social Investment portfolio aims to increase the employability of vulnerable and disadvantaged young Australians. Through education and support, Shell’s Social Investment will help youths aged 10 to 25 years in developing skills including maths and science that will assist them in unlocking their future career potential.
Shell has chosen to partner with both large and small organisations across Australia who share a strong commitment to this same goal through their own diverse projects.
- Between 2014-2016, with an investment of more than $12 million, Shell’s social investment program aims to impact over 100,000 young people (aged 10-25), 300 teachers and 700 indigenous people.
- Our social investment strategy aims to :
o Equip young people with new skills that have wide applicability for their future
o Increase student numbers taking maths and science in senior schooling
o Provide a supportive environment to help young people leverage their skills
o Remove barriers to young people’s career aspirations
o Build teacher capacity to positively impact on young people
o Increase Year 12 or equivalent completion rates
With almost 15 per cent of young people out of school and out of work, youth unemployment is a challenge that reaches every part of Australia. The situation is worse in socially disadvantaged communities, with youth unemployment rates as high as 40 per cent in some areas.
Today, many young people are entering the employment market without the right qualifications to match the job marketplace demands. This is partly due to young people turning away from scientific studies at an early age.
Improving employability skills and creating pathways for young people, needs to be approached collaboratively, calling on a broad range of new ideas and applications across industry sectors at all levels.
THE COLLECTIVE IMPACT OF 14 NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS
Shell Australia has chosen to partner with social change organisations who share the same commitment to making a significant impact in helping young Australians unlock their future potential.
The Shell Australia’s 14 Social Investment partners are :
The Impact program – Empowering a community of young Indigenous leaders across the Northern Territory.
The Worlds of Work program – Shaping education and career pathways for young Australians.
Ensuring children are given the best chance in life through a quality education, regardless of background.
Providing better educational opportunities for Indigenous children living in remote communities.
Creating opportunities for Indigenous youths who are keen to enter the workforce.
Assisting Indigenous students from across Australia in planning their educational pathways and developing the skills they need to achieve their career goals.
Realising Indigenous aspirations to look after the country whilst providing real jobs, training and education, as well as improving socio economic standards and community wellbeing.
Providing opportunities in jobs, training and education, and support the group’s ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of Australia.
Helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Perth to re-engage with education and identify transitional pathways for their future.
Removing the barriers of young people’s career aspirations whilst increasing the uptake of maths and science in senior schooling.
Inspiring young people to value and engage in science as it travels to remote and regional communities across Australia.
Making meaningful and valued contributions to local communities through landscape transformation and employee volunteering.
Will lead a strategic partnership of indigenous organisations to deliver trade based training and employment outcomes to young indigenous people from the Dampier Peninsula and communities within Broome.
Will develop a social impact bonds model and framework that can be taken to corporate and philanthropic and government investors as a collaborative proposal to address key issues facing Indigenous people in the Kimberley.
Generate sustainable employment opportunities for up to twenty vulnerable people who face challenging barriers, whilst simultaneously addressing an identified shortage of skilled workers in Darwin and the surrounding area.
Between 2014-2016, with an investment of more than $12 million, Shell’s social investment program aims to impact over 100,000 young people (aged 10-25), 300 teachers and 700 indigenous people.
In 2015 Shell Australia offered staff over 200 volunteering opportunities with its Social Investment partners, with more than 196 volunteers taking up the opportunity to contribute 1,470 hours to local communities and mentor 110 young Australians.
Shell Australia staff are entitled to two volunteering days a year.