Youth Jobs PaTH program giving young job-seekers their chance
Youth unemployment across the nation is being tackled head-on by the Australian Government through their Youth Jobs PaTH program which focuses on upskilling and providing work experience opportunities.
The program will be a win for Queensland amid soaring youth unemployment, as all regions (except for Darling Downs-Maranoa) recorded double digit youth unemployment rates in the month of May.
Alarmingly, Queensland’s Outback region recorded a 53.9 per cent youth unemployment rate in May, a 19.7 per cent increase from twelve months prior. When one out of every two young job-seekers cannot find a job, there is no longer an excuse for government inaction.
Businesses were highly supportive of the $752 million Youth Jobs PaTH program, announced in the Federal Budget 2016-17 and commencing in April this year, to help young job seekers to move off welfare and into employment.
A flexible new approach consisting three elements, Prepare – Trial - Hire, employers are able to access incentives to host internship placements and/or when they hire eligible job-seekers.
- Prepare: Registered Training Organisation’s have been contracted to deliver employability skills training in 51 regions across Australia. Several Providers will deliver training in context of specific industries.
- Trial: Employers can trial a young person in an internship for 4 - 12 weeks to see how they fit into the team and if they are suitable for ongoing employment. Businesses receive an upfront payment of $1000 and interns (unpaid by the business) receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the government.
- Hire: Hire provides a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) paid over six months to employers who hire eligible young job seekers.
For more information: https://www.employment.gov.au/youth-jobs-path
To date, more than 5000 young Australians have secured a job under the ‘Hire’ element of the program. Announced on Monday this week, a further 10,000 young job seekers are expected to be employed under a partnership with the Australian Retailers Association.
In a massive show of support to the program from Queensland businesses, the State recorded the highest number of internship vacancies of all the States and Territories, with a total of 350 internship vacancies of which 221 placements (35% of total placements nationally) have been achieved to date.
The Youth Jobs PaTH program recognises that employers take a risk when they employ a young person who has no previous work experience and sometimes limited job skills. The program will allow employers and young people to see if they are the right match, leading to the prospect of an ongoing job, supported by a youth bonus wage subsidy.