The program will contribute more than $12 million to communities nationally, with the aim to impact over 100,000 disadvantaged young Australians, 300 teachers and 700 indigenous people.

Shell Country Chair Andrew Smith described the Kimberley as an important region for Shell, and said the company’s commitment to the area is evident in the Prelude FLNG project and innovative initiatives like the Kimberley Institute Social Impact Bond.

Andrew said this ground breaking program will create the framework to bring together public and private funding on a long-term basis to tackle some of society’s toughest problems concerning disadvantaged youth, education, health and justice outcomes.

The Honourable Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education, officially launched Shell’s national social investment program at Parliament House in Canberra this morning with Andrew Smith, Country Chair Shell Australia.

Andrew Smith said the social investment program that Shell launched today is one I am immensely proud of.

“It is a program that recognises that as a society our greatest assets are our communities and our families. If we truly want to be prosperous we must bridge the barriers of geographic isolation and stop economic disadvantage from being a barrier to career aspirations,” Mr Smith said.

“Shell’s dedication to the Kimberley region is strengthened in our Reconciliation Action Plan – acknowledging the value of Indigenous employment and engagement that positively contributes to Australia’s reconciliation journey,” said Andrew Smith.

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 even more prevalent in disadvantaged communities, with youth unemployment rates as high as 40 per cent in some areas.

Through education and support, Shell’s social investment program will help young people discover their future career potential and equip them with the knowledge, skills and values to help solve challenges – creating a better future for all Australians.

To view the full list of Shell’s social investment partners visit www.shell.com.au/socialinvestment

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