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. The Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare - Trial - Hire.

If you're an employer, you can now register your interest in taking part in PaTH and trialling a young person in an internship placement.

Register your business to host an intern

Prepare with employability skills training

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

Applications are now open for training organisations to apply for the Employability Skills Training Panel. Panel members will develop and deliver training aimed at ensuring all young job seekers have the basic employability skills that Australian businesses need. They will have strong employer and industry links, and demonstrated expertise in working with young people to improve their employability. The training they deliver will be developed with industry to make young job seekers more competitive in the labour market. Applications  close 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Visit the procurement page to find out how to apply.

The Department released a consultation paper on employability skills training and sought submissions from the public in August 2016. More than 70 submissions were received. In response to feedback, the Department is adjusting the design of the program. The full response to stakeholder feedback is available.

Trial with an internship placement

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

From 1 April 2017, job seekers, employers and employment service providers can work together to design work experience placements which will run for between 4 to 12 weeks.

Businesses that take on an intern will benefit from the opportunity to see what a young person can do in the workplace and how they fit into the team. The business will also receive an upfront payment of $1000 in recognition of the costs of hosting the internship.

The job seeker will benefit from an opportunity to develop their vocational skills to improve their employment prospects. They will also receive $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment to participate.

Register your business to host an intern

Hire with a recruitment incentive

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.