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.

Shell’s Country Chair Andrew Smith said the company has a long history of investing in local Australian communities and that Shell is committed to unlocking the future career potential of young Australians.

He said improving employability skills and creating pathways for young people needs to be approached collaboratively, calling on a broad range of ideas and applications across industry sectors at all levels.

“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,” he said.

The Honourable Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education, officially launched Shell’s national social investment program with Andrew Smith, Country Chair Shell Australia, in Canberra earlier today.

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,” he said.

This unique social investment program sees Shell and the Prelude FLNG project partnering with fourteen social change organisations who share the same commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young Australians.

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

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