Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth encouraged local businesses to help young people get into the workforce, while also growing their business, thanks to the Government’s $760 million Youth Jobs PaTH program.
“The Youth Jobs PaTH program will assist 120 000 young Australians get the skills and experience they need to get a foot in the door, get practical experience and get a job,” Mr Turnbull said.
“Local Wentworth businesses that take on an intern will receive an upfront payment of $1,000, and young people will receive an incentive payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment,” he said.
Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said businesses are already responding strongly to PaTH.
“Every policy lever the government has is being utilised to promote growth, encourage investment, and stimulate job creation whilst supporting business and innovation.
“The Turnbull Government understands that the best form of welfare is a job. We are ensuring our young Australians are well equipped to enter the workforce and become self-sufficient,” she said.
The Youth Jobs PaTH program will be funded through the $855 million Youth Employment Package, announced in the 2015-16 Budget.
This complements the Turnbull Government’s successful ‘Transition to Work’ service and ‘Empowering YOUth initiative’, which are designed to get vulnerable young Australians into the workforce.
The elements of Youth Jobs PaTH are;
- Prepare — Employability Skills Training (EST) to help young people better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job. The rollout of courses commences this month.
- Trial — under the $250 million ‘Trial’ component, the Government is encouraging local businesses to take on a young person aged 17 to 24 in an internship for a period of up to 12 weeks.
- Hire — a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 has been available since 1 January 2017 to help more businesses hire young people. More than 1,000 businesses have already taken up this subsidy.
Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH is available at jobactive.gov.au/path