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Young people are getting more opportunities for employment with the Youth Jobs PaTH program as businesses tailor the program to suit their recruitment needs.
A recent example, the Hume Hospitality initiative, involved 16 young people who had all been unemployed for more than six months and Delaware North, a business that runs hospitality venues at Melbourne Airport.
Hume Hospitality has used the PaTH program to prepare, trial and hire young people for a career in hospitality with Delaware North.
Hume Hospitality has been a significant undertaking, with collaboration between Hume City Council, the Hume Employment and Learning Committee, Bendigo Kangan Institute, Delaware North and employment service providers, as well as the Department of Jobs and Small Business.
It utilises all parts of the PaTH program – Prepare, Trial and Hire.
The participants began with a course in Employability Skills Training – the Prepare element of PaTH – tailored to the needs of the employer. The course included Responsible Service of Alcohol, Food Handling and Barista training.
Training provider Bendigo Kangan Institute put together the hospitality-focused approach and its trainers helped build the skills, confidence and resilience of the young people.
Since the training, the participants have been invited to take part in an internship – the Trial element of PaTH. While doing an internship, the young people are eligible for an extra payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their regular income support payment.
Having been placed with Delaware North hospitality venues at Melbourne Airport, they are undertaking six-week internships. The participants will gain valuable insights into employer expectations, try a variety of roles and duties, and will have an opportunity to develop the sorts of routines and behaviours that are required to gain and keep a job.
During the internships, their employment service providers and Hume City Council are working closely with the interns and Delaware North to ensure the young people are given every opportunity to achieve an employment outcome.
A Youth Bonus wage subsidy is available to employers who hire eligible young people in the PaTH program – this is the Hire element of PaTH.
This project has shown that collaboration and coordinated responses have the capacity to make a real difference to young people who are facing barriers to employment.
The youth unemployment rate in the Hume LGA in the North West Melbourne Employment Region stood at 18.3% in August 2016.