Youth Jobs PaTH

Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible new approach to youth employment. It is designed to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job. It also supports employers to host internship placements and provides them with incentives when they take on a young person. Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare - Trial - Hire.

To find out more about Youth Jobs PaTH visit the jobactive website.

Prepare helps young people become job ready by providing intensive pre-employment training.

Employability Skills Training (EST) gives young people the opportunity to enhance their employability through 2 different blocks of targeted training. Participating in training will help young people understand the expectations of employers in both the recruitment process and as a new employee in the workplace.

Training block 1 courses will equip young people with pre-employment skills and prepare them to meet the expectations of employers. Training block 2 courses will focus on job preparation and will equip young people with advanced job hunting skills, career development, interview skills and the opportunity to participate in Industry Awareness Experiences. These experiences will provide job seekers with an insight into the tasks and duties of different industries. Young people can do one or both of the courses. Each block is 75 hours of face-to-face training.

Organisations that have been offered membership to the EST Panel have now been announced. A full list can be found on the Employment Services Procurement Information page.

There will be a staggered roll-out of Employability Skills Training courses in the 51 Employment Regions across Australia, with training commencing progressively from April 2017. To assist the new EST Providers and jobactive providers in understanding more about EST the Department will be hosting a series of Webinars in March. 

Trial provides young people with voluntary internship opportunities to help them gain real work experience in Australian businesses.

Employers can trial a young person in an internship for between 4 and 12 weeks to see how they fit into the team and if they are suitable for ongoing employment. Interns are unpaid by the business and receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the government.

The business receives an upfront payment of $1000 in recognition of the costs of hosting the internship. Additionally, the intern is covered by insurance paid by the Government through the Department of Employment.

To find out more about hosting an internship visit the jobactive website

Hire provides an incentive of up to $10,000 paid over six months to employers who hire an eligible young job seeker. All wage subsidies will be made simpler, and can be packaged with Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme payments, to encourage employers to create apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. Find out more information on existing wage subsidies.

Find out about other Australian Government programs and services to support young people into employment.