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.
At the social investment launch at Parliament House in Canberra earlier today, Shell announced its Prelude FLNG and Shell partnerships for the next two years, with strong ties to the education and support of young Australians living in Perth.
Shell Country Chair Andrew Smith said the program and its partnerships will help disadvantaged youth in Perth discover new career options and equip them with the knowledge, skills and values to create a better future.
He said Shell’s investment in not-for-profit partners has enabled organisations like the Perth based Wirrapunda Foundation to leverage additional corporate and government funding to expand to the east coast.
Similarly, with the support of Shell, the Foundation for Young Australians has expanded to include a Perth-based office and now locally hosts Worlds of Work – a national initiative that supports young people to make successful transitions to work and life beyond school.
The Honourable Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education, officially launched Shell’s national social investment program 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,” he said.
“Being a large employer in Western Australia and with Shell’s Prelude operators training at Challenger TAFE in Kwinana, Perth is a particularly important region for Shell,” 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.
To view the full list of Shell’s social investment partners visit www.shell.com.au/socialinvestment