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Aussie youth and buisnesses on the right PaTH

The Australian Government is getting young workers on the right path early with the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program to guide them on their job-seeking journey from the preparation and training stages to ultimately gain fulltime work. 

The $763 million investment in PaTH will secure a bright future for thousands of young Aussies, getting them skilled and employed early, breaking the cycle of welfare dependency and job insecurity. 

Youth Jobs PaTH will get them ready, give them a go and help to get them a job. Working with Jobs Active Providers, Registered Training Organisations and local businesses, the Government established Youth Jobs PaTH in January 2016 and has so far secured 5,650 full-time jobs for Australians between 17 and 24 who were on welfare for six months or more, who might have otherwise remained on social payments for an extended period.

PaTH, which operates in addition to other jobs-seeker training and support, allows young people and businesses to create tailored internships, providing valuable training and skills to prospective employees with businesses able to invest in preliminary employee upskilling with financial support from the Government.

Young people on internships will receive an additional $200 per week for participating in a structured internship, without this impacting their existing Government payments. Businesses receive an upfront payment of $1000 to support the initial costs of integrating an intern into their business.

The internships last between 4 to 12 weeks, providing between 30 to 50 hours of work per fortnight. Businesses must also prove an intention and ability to provide ongoing employment to their intern at the end of the program. Should a business go on to hire their intern full time, they may be eligible for a wage subsidy of $10,000.

The success of PaTH is already being felt on the North Coast. In the electorate of Cowper, 130 young people have found jobs through the program. Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker met with one successful applicant Issac Lewis, who found work as a Trade Assistant in Alan Kneale Electrical in Coffs Harbour thanks to the PaTH program.

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ON THE RIGHT PATH: Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker with Issac Lewis

The program has also been enthusiastically supported by industry bodies such as the Australian Retailers Association, which has committed to opening up 10,000 internships under the scheme.

PaTH also presents a unique opportunity for small and medium businesses, who often struggle to find skilled staff and operate with tighter budget constraints. Minister for Small Business and Nationals Member for Riverina Michael McCormack encouraged small and medium businesses to have a look at PaTH as a way to fill their employee needs, with many successful Australians from Frank Lowy to Deputy Premier John Barilaro getting their start in small and medium enterprises.

“I have met many retail small businesses that help thousands of young Australians get a start, skilling them for careers in many industries and training them for the future,” Michael said.

“Many small businesses tell me that young Australians with skills in trades – including retail – are just what they are looking for.”

“From customer service to money-handing and stocktake to food-handling and tyre-fitting, retail small and medium businesses require skills that can last a lifetime.”

For more information and PaTH, please visit  https://jobsearch.gov.au/path

For information about hiring apprentices more generally, please visit https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/about or https://jobactive.gov.au/

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