Youth Jobs PaTH program continues and will likely expand

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2019

Following the re-election of the Federal Coalition government in May, the Youth Jobs PaTH program will be expanded. The program is an Australian Government employment service that helps young people gain skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job.

The program provide employers with an opportunity to trial a young person to find out if they are the right fit for the business. As the internships are voluntary, the person should be keen if they participate in the program.

Young people are eligible to participate in a program if they are aged 17–24 on income support, have been in employment services for six months or more, and are registered with a jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services provider.

Under the program, businesses are paid $1,000 upfront for taking on an intern. The intern themselves receives $200 a fortnight on top of their Newstart or Youth Allowance benefits.

Youth Jobs PaTH program has three elements:

  • Prepare - Employability Skills Training helps young people understand what employers expect in the workplace and supports them to get job ready. Businesses can design tailored training to suit their needs so their new employee or intern is well prepared from day one.
  • Trial - PaTH internships enable businesses to trial young people to see if they are the right fit for the business, before they hire. Young people gain valuable work experience and can demonstrate their skills to businesses looking to hire.
  • Hire - Youth Bonus Wage Subsidies of up to $10,000 may be available to businesses that hire eligible young people in ongoing work.

For more information on the Youth Jobs PaTH, please visit https://jobsearch.gov.au/path