24 March 2017

Help for young people in Corangamite to get job ready

I am delighted to announce that young people in Corangamite will soon be able to access Employability Skills Training to help improve their chances of finding and keeping a job.

The Turnbull Government is investing $188.3 million in Employability Skills Training (EST), to help more young Australians into work. This is a great initiative to help our young people get the skills they need to take up a job in the region.

Seven Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) will deliver training in Corangamite and the Geelong region under Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare, Trial, Hire), to help young people aged 15-24 years gain the skills employers are looking for when hiring staff in entry-level positions.

These organisations are Australian Employment and Training Solutions, Encompass Community Services, South West Institute of TAFE, Train Australia, Westvic Staffing Solutions, Career Options Training Australia and Gordon Institute of TAFE.

I would like to congratulate the successful training organisations on their new role and looked forward to the program starting this April.

The Turnbull Government has committed $188.3 million over four years to the Employability Skills Training program, which is the ‘Prepare’ element of Youth Jobs PaTH.

We know that businesses are keen to employ young people but sometimes find that applicants do not have core skills for the workplace. Through Employability Skills Training young people will gain that knowledge and be better prepared to take up job opportunities.

Employers are already able to hire young Australians by accessing a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) per employee. From April, young people will be able to undertake a voluntary internship of 4-12 weeks to gain work experience and further boost their job prospects.

A full list of the successful organisations that accepted the opportunity to deliver Employability Skills Training can be found here:  https://www.employment.gov.au/employability-skills-training-panel-applications.

For more information on Employability Skills Training and other support available for young people under the Government’s Youth Employment Strategy, visit: www.employment.gov.au/youth

24 March 2017