09 October 2017

Youth jobs PaTH program delivering for local job seekers

The Youth Jobs PaTH program is providing a big win for local jobs, with many local businesses taking advantage of the financial incentives available to hire more young people.

In just over nine months, 10,000 young people across Australia who were previously reliant on taxpayer-funded welfare are now in gainful employment thanks to this program.

I was delighted to visit Powercom Pacific, a telecommunications company, in Geelong today to celebrate the full time employment of 18 year old Jesse, following the completion of an Australian Government PaTH internship.

Following the internship, Jesse was offered full-time employment at Powercom Pacific as a call centre operator with the support of Matchworks, run by Karingal St Laurence.

I encourage local business owners to take advantage of the Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 to assist hiring extra staff to help grow their business.  The Government’s significant investment in PaTH is focused on helping young people get the skills they need, giving them a go and getting them a job.

Businesses employing young people (15 to 24 years of age) on income support, who are registered with an employment services provider, may be eligible for a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000.

PaTH stands for Prepare, Trial and Hire.  It is wonderful to see this program delivering so many “Hire” success stories.

For more information about Youths Job PaTH, visit www.jobactive.gov.au/path