Matthew Clark, the inaugural recipient of the NESA
Employment Discovery Grant which is sponsored by RecruitmentSuper,
will head to Berlin on his journey of discovery next
Matthew is preparing to attend the 8th Annual Meeting of the
OECD's Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Forum on
Partnerships and Local Governance at the special invitation of
NESA. Participation in the Forum will be a once in a lifetime
experience for Matthew and will form part of his sponsored study
We spoke to Matthew about what he's most looking forward
to when he visits Europe for the first time to attend the
"Overall the 'Partnerships for Youth' theme is what I am most
excited about," Matthew said.
"As well as the reality that I will be surrounded by industry
leaders from all over the world who are willing to share their
experience and strategies."
Matthew anticipates that one particular highlight will be when
Forum delegates travel by bus into Berlin to see local initiatives
for youth employment.
"This initiative, I believe, will be a powerful experience to
attend." Matthew said.
"This will further reinforce why we are all at the forum and the
idea that national agendas articulate down to services at the
Above: Grant recipient, Matthew Clarke, will
leave for Europe next month on his sponsored study tour. The
highlight of the tour will be attending the invitation-only OECD
LEED Forum in Berlin.
"The forum will remind me of the importance of my role and the
individual lives I'm aiming to positively influence. It will
challenge my thinking in terms of our own national approach here in
Matthew also said he was excited to be travelling with NESA's
CEO, Sally Sinclair.
"To spend time one-on-one with Sally will be an invaluable
experience, opening up introductions and conversations with other
Insights gained from the study tour will also be shared on
"Ideally what I hope to take out of this forum is options and
real case scenarios on where other countries have had success in
engaging youth into sustainable employment. I hope to share this
with others in the employment services arena."