Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP said the Turnbull Government is getting young Australians ready and able to join the workforce through the innovative Youth Jobs PaTH programme.
Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) will help will increase young people’s job prospects by ensuring they are better prepared for the workplace and encouraging more businesses to open the door to them. The three-step Youth Jobs PaTH programme is a key component of the $840 million Youth Employment Package announced in the 2016 Budget.
The programme will help young people become work ready through intensive pre-employment skills training, delivering the work-ready skills that many employers have said young Australians often lack. Following the pre-employment training, up to 120,000 internships over four years will be available for young Australians to gain real work experience. Finally, an increased wage subsidy for employers who take on young job seekers will provide an incentive for local employers to give young people the opportunity to obtain gainful employment. “The PaTH programme is about getting young Australians ready, giving them a go, and getting them into a job,” Mr Crewther said. The Youth Jobs PaTH three flexible stages include;
This innovative program represents a substantial investment in young Australians and has received the support of not for profit groups such as the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Council of Small Business Australia and mental health advocate and former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry AO.
Only the Coalition is committed to addressing entrenched youth unemployment and breaking the cycle of welfare dependency. In contrast, Labor is in lock-step with the unions in opposing the Youth Jobs PaTH.
“The Coalition is determined that younger generations are not confined to a lifetime of welfare dependency however the first step must be to ensure that they have the basic skills required to enter the workforce,” Mr Crewther said. “The PaTH programme has been developed by listening to what young people and employers have told us they need. Young Australians want the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to their communities but to do so they need the job-ready skills that employers demand – the PaTH programme ticks both boxes.”
The 2016-17 Youth Employment Package follows the Government’s earlier $331 million investment in the Youth Employment Strategy, designed to help young people at increased risk of long-term unemployment improve their chances of finding and keeping a job. These measures, combined with existing initiatives (including the Transition to Work service, Empowering YOUth Initiatives and ParentsNext), will put young job seekers on a positive pathway to finding and keeping a job, as we work towards growing our new economy.
I encourage interested local businesses, families or young Australians to contact my office on 9781-2333 to obtain more information about the Youth Employment Package.
For more information visit; https://www.employment.gov.au/path