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Court widens its workplace family

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Cite as: (2003) 77(6) LIJ, p.15

A worrying drop in the number of young people employed by the Family Court has led Chief Justice Alastair Nicholson to announce a new policy to increase youth employment opportunities.

The policy will require Court managers to identify employment opportunities for youth trainees and involve the offering of apprenticeships to people aged under 25. The apprenticeships will include a work contract and an extensive training program.

Chief Justice Nicholson described the Court’s youth employment record as “unsatisfactory”.

“The Court’s youth employment record of 4.9 per cent, compared to the 5.9 per cent average for the public sector, is disappointing,” he said.

“But when compared to the general workforce youth employment rate of 21.2 per cent it is apparent that the public sector, including the Court, has a problem.”

He said young people brought vitality, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the workplace and would ensure the Court was forward-looking and innovative.

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