In the 2016-17 Budget, the Australian Government announced an $840 million Youth Employment Package to give young people the employability skills and real work experience they need to get a job. The package will deliver a new Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare – Trial – Hire) to support young job seekers into jobs. The Youth Jobs PaTH will provide:
- Prepare: employability skills training to help young job seekers understand the behaviours expected by employers in the recruitment process and in the workplace;
- Trial: voluntary internships of four to 12 weeks to give young job seekers a chance to show what they can do in a real workplace; and
- Hire: a new Youth Bonus wage subsidy to support the employment of young people.
The Youth Jobs PaTH will encourage employers to hire young people by enhancing their employability, providing them with real work experience, and providing incentives for employers to take them on. The program will also help to instil confidence among young people and incentivise the transition into employment. Further information about the Youth Employment Package can be found here.
Youth Jobs PaTH is designed to build upon existing Government employment services, which include jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services.
This consultation paper seeks stakeholders’ views about the first stage of the Youth Jobs PaTH, employability skills training. The Department of Employment welcomes written submissions on the questions posed in this paper by 31 August 2016 by email. Submissions received in response to this consultation paper will be considered in the implementation of the employability skills training element of the Youth Jobs PaTH.