How Work Works: Youth-Led Research into Job Opportunities in Growing Industries 

How Work Works is here to revolutionalise the way we think about bridging the gap between young people looking for work and growing industries looking for workers.

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Paid Internship Opportunities for Young People

The report was comissioned by the Victorian Government and delivered by a partnership between North Central LLEN, Campaspe Cohuna LLEN, Central Ranges LLEN and Goldfields LLEN.

Jeanette Pope, Policy and Research Strategist, trained nine young interns aged 17 to 20 in the Loddon Campaspe region to interview 26 employers and survey 258 young people.

The research found that:

1. There is entry-level work in the region

2. A great diversity of jobs are available across a wide range of industries and,

3. Despite COVID-19, many of these industries are growing.


It was also found that that there was a symbiotic relationship between the needs of young people and prospective employers: while employers seek to hire fresh talent, young people’s interests are well in line with the types of opportunities that are available.


“Young employees are an asset to a workplace as they bring fresh ideas and have a level of enthusiasm and motivation that more established workers can lack.”

The young interns leading the project were given an opportunity to engage in meaningful work experience, with stipends.

Here are their reflections:

Paid Research Internship Opportunity for Young People

How Work Works research is about to commence in two more regions…



The project

» a free 30 hour training program over 8 weeks (starting August 16th)

» $500 reimbursement

Participants will:

o undertake 15 hours of formal training in research skills

o interview local employers and survey young people

o Launch the report as a team

» Develop vital jobs skills in research, organisation, teamwork and communication for your CV.

» You can look at the report produced by this project in another region here 100% of the interns in this project would recommend it to others!


» aged between 17 and 24

» able to commit to being available for a few hours per week for 8 weeks

» interested in exploring issues that affect young people

» a good listener and note taker and able to work zoom

» reliable and friendly

Paid Internship Opportunity in

North East Victoria

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Paid Internship Opportunity in the Golburn Murray/Shepparton Region

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