2 days / 30+ speakers

Youth Engagement, Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship
5th & 6th December 2017
‘Collaborating for Impact & Innovation’
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2016 Event

Held on 2nd and 3rd August 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, a range of presentations and workshop topics were included in the program and our presenters shared their learnings and experiences with FUTUREgen16 delegates.

The program included presentations under the main Conference theme of “Creating a Future that Works for Young People”.

Several high-profile speakers delivered a fresh and inspiring keynote presentations and concurrent sessions which will contribute to the program’s overall success.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Transitioning to work for young people.
  • STEM programs and initiatives to combat skill shortages.
  • Labour market trends that will impact young people.
  • Engaging at-risk youth in employment and education.
  • Supporting and engaging young people from indigenous and multicultural backgrounds, young
  • people with a disability and from rural/regional areas to achieve their education and employment goals.
  • Supporting young offenders to achieve their life goals.
  • Entrepreneurship – helping young people create their own future.
  • Employer Engagement – the role employers play to engage youth within the workplace.
  • Educating young people about the future.
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2016 Event


Day 1

  • KEYNOTE: Mark McCrindle
  • KEYNOTE: Transitioning to work for young people – Ivan Neville Department of Employment,
  • Branch Manager – Labour Market Research & Analysis, Australian Government
  • KEYNOTE: The STEM Gen – Greg Miller SAP Young ICT Explorers
  • KEYNOTE: Gen Y Confronts Labour Market Precarity Prof Johanna Wyn Melbourne University

Concurrent Workshops  Session 1

  • YAMEC – Supporting and Engagement of Young Adult Migrants into Loving their Learning – Alexandra Vardis, Program Leader CSWE Youth Programs – YAMEC, Melbourne Polytechnic & Chris Francke, VCAL Teacher YAMEC – Melbourne Polytechnic.
  • Building & Constructing Careers for Young People – Andrew Shea, Acting CEO, Builders Academy, Australia
  • Mind the Gap – Policy responses needed to increase engagement with, and employment outcomes for young people   Peter Defteros, Policy Analyst, Jobs Australia

Concurrent Workshops  Session 2

  • Personal/Social Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder: What can Australia Learn from England’s PSHE Curriculum? Cerys Howson, Learning Enrichment Tutor, Sacred Heart Senior College – South Australia
  • The Missing Link in Employment Services for Young People: What We Have, What We Need That’s Different, and How We Might Get It – Dr May Lam, Social Innovation Manager – Victoria,
  • A VET in Schools Perspective – Students Transitioning into Employment, Jeni Ritterman, Careers Coordinator, Sandringham College – Victoria
  • The Journey of Gen Z Employment, Jason Sessarago, CEO Gen Z Employment & Carmen Auer, General Manager, Gen Z Employment & John Gilders, Career Development Partnerships Manager, Gen Z Employment

Concurrent Workshops  Session 3

  • Straight Up – The Lived Experience of Central Highlands Vulnerable Youth, Jannine Bennett, CEO, Highlands Local Learning & Employment Network
  • Stories of Strength – Constructing Careers Through Flexible Learning Programs, Naomi Ryan, Lecturer – Career Development, University of Southern Queensland
  • Youth IT Careers: Bringing Disadvantaged Youth to Employment in the IT Industry, Emma Fawcett, Infoxchange
  • Engaging Young People of Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds in Employment and Education, Maryum Chaudhry – Youth Engagement Officer, Islamic Council of Victoria & Elmina Jodic Program Development Manager – Youth Transitions, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Day 2

  • KEYNOTE: How Partnerships Will Drive Innovation in Education, Nicholas Wyman, CEO, Skilling Australia Foundation
  • KEYNOTE: Youth Unemployment, Innovation and the Future of Work, Kellie Hippit, Acting Branch Manager – Youth Employment, Australian Government Department of Employment
  • KEYNOTE: A Way Forward – Entrepreneurship & Leadership Skills for Youth, Anoushka Gungadin, CEO, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Victoria

Concurrent Workshops  Session 1

  • A Framework for Raising and Supporting the Dreams of Young People in Regional and Rural Australia – Wes Heberlein, Widening Participation Officer CQ University
  • Kickstart: Improving Employment Outcomes for Young Australians – Michael Clark, Director of Corporate Strategy, SYC Limited
  • Stories from the Field – Young people with Disability Creating Value in the World of Work Jennifer Lumsden Youth Ambassador Coach Marriot Support Services
  • The Digital Revolution: Opportunities, Challenges and How to Futureproof the Youth of Today for Tomorrow Chris Lestor, CEO Good Education Group

Concurrent Workshops  Session 2

  • Positive Pathways for Young Offenders – Jeff Hamilton, Victorian State Manager Whitelion & Charlotte Kelberg, Program Manager, Whitelion
  • Launch Your Future. The 21st Century Approach to Engaging Young People in Online Careers Education – Daniela Ascone, Managing Director, Thinq Group
  • The Path to Re-engagement: A Departmental Approach for Early School Leavers – Sharyn Donald, Regional Director South East Region Queensland Department Education and Training & Laura Corr-Clements, Guidance Officer Engagement, Queensland Department Education and Training
  • Transforming the Next Generation from Job Seeker to Job Creator – Social Enterprise in Schools. Matt Pfahlert, CEO & Co-founder Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship Peter Sacco, Program Manager Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship


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FUTUREgen is a meaningful way to engage those working with youth to provide insight, advice, innovative ideas and generate discussion to provide positive outcomes for the future of our country.

Programs Manager – Skilling Australia Foundation

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Thank you for a well organised and engaging two days!!

Student Pathways Advisor from NSW Department of Education & Training

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Congratulations on a fantastic inaugural even. I attended with two work colleagues and friend and we were all pleasantly surprised given our recent experiences with conferences.

Manager – Skills and Employment at GOTAFE


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