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Youth jobs PaTH - getting Durack locals into work

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price encouraged local businesses to help a young person into a job, while also growing their business, thanks to the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

"I know there are many local young people who are keen to get into work to build a better life but feel that they lack the practical experience to succeed in the workforce," Ms Price said.

"The Federal Government's Youth Jobs PaTH program will assist 120,000 young Australians get the skills and experience they need to get a foot in the door and get a job.

"Local Durack businesses that take on an intern will receive an upfront payment of $1,000, and young people will receive an incentive payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment." The Youth Jobs PaTH program will be funded through the Government's $855 million Youth Employment Package, announced in the 2015-16 Budget.

The Youth Jobs PaTH program complements the Turnbull Government's successful Government's Transition to Work service and Empowering YOUth initiative, all of which are designed to get vulnerable young Australians into the workforce.

The elements of Youth Jobs PaTH are; Prepare - Employability Skills Training (EST) to help young people better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job. The rollout of courses commences this month.

Trial - under the $250 million 'Trial' component, the Government is encouraging local businesses to take on a young person aged 17 to 24 in an internship for a period of up to 12 weeks.

Hire - a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 has been available since 1 January 2017 to help more businesses hire young people.

More than 1,000 businesses have already taken up this subsidy.

Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH is available at jobactive.gov.au/path

Source: Halls Creek Herald.

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