20,000 youths on the PaTH to work

The Turnbull Government’s commitment to getting young Australians working has reached another milestone with more than 20,000 young people placed into work under the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said Youth Jobs PaTH was successfully helping long-term unemployed young people gain skills and experience to improve their chances of being considered for a job.

“Over 100 South West youths are now employed as a result of PaTH,” Mrs Marino said.

“PaTH is helping ensure our young people are building the skills that will equip them to enter the workforce and build a future for themselves,” Mrs Marino said.

“The Government is committed to getting as many Australians into work as possible, because we believe the best form of welfare is a job. PaTH interns are fast-tracking the skills they need to develop to become work-ready.

“I encourage employers to visit their local jobactive provider, who will explain how they might be eligible to receive financial assistance under PaTH and possibly hire and trial a new employee.”

PaTH includes three flexible elements:

– Prepare — Employability Skills Training courses help young people better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours required for them to be successful in a job.

– Trial — local businesses are encouraged to take on a young person aged 17 to 24 in a voluntary internship for a period of 4 to 12 weeks. Businesses that take on an intern will receive a $1,000 payment, and young people who participate will receive an incentive payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment.

– Hire — a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) has been available since 1 January 2017 to help more businesses hire young people.

For more information about Youth Jobs PaTH, visit: jobactive.gov.au/path