The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, has welcomed the announcement of the new RISEUP program which assists young people into the workforce.

Developed personally by the NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM, and run in partnership with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC), RISEUP is designed to help 15 to 18-year-olds move into meaningful employment.

Mrs Pavey said the RISEUP program links young people with employers to receive real-life, on-the-job training.

“It includes workshops on leadership, relationship-building, and practical education to boost numeracy and literacy,” said Mrs Pavey.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said the PCYC engages young people in sport, learning and recreational activities.

“RISEUP builds on this success, developing teenagers’ vocational skills, connecting them with business and increasing their self-esteem to take their life in a positive direction,” said Mr Grant.

Commissioner Fuller said it has been his long-held view that investing in preventative strategies with young people can forestall resorting to crime.

“Importantly, employment gives our youth a sense of achievement, pride and structure,” Commissioner Fuller said.

For more information, please visit www.riseup.org.au