31 May 2016

Website launched for employers to register for PaTH

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson has welcomed the launch of www.pathtojobs.com.au and encouraged local employers to register their interest in employing a young person.

The website acts as a portal for employers to register their interest in employing young people through the Turnbull government’s PaTH (Prepare, Train, Hire) programme.

“Just last week I was at Kings Cars with Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash and General Manager Steve Mayes expressed strong interest in hiring a young person through PaTH,” said Ms Henderson.

“With youth unemployment in Geelong down four percentage points over 12 months, our government’s policies are making a difference, but there is still more to be done.

“Employers are telling me that they need a more flexible model to give young people a go, and that is what we are delivering with PaTH.

“PaTH also gives young people a taste of different industries they may be interested in, while receiving a top-up to their Newstart allowance.

Under PaTH, from 1 April 2017, up to 30,000 young job seekers each year will be eligible to undertake an internship placement of 4 to 12 weeks. The internships will be voluntary and provide incentives of $1,000 upfront to a business to host an intern and a $200 fortnightly payment to job seekers on top of their income support.

In addition, from 1 January 2017 a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of between $6,500 and $10,000 will be available to businesses who take on an eligible young person as an employee or apprentice.

Nationally, the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA), representing more than 60,000 automotive businesses nationwide, and Choices Flooring, a national flooring retailer have signalled their intention to assist young Australians under the program aimed at maximising the chances of job seekers under 25 getting a job.

“This is such a positive policy for young people and a good fit for our region,” said Ms Henderson.

“We’re giving young people real work experience with real employers leading to real jobs.”

31 May 2016