Extra support to help young people on the North Coast join the workforce is one step closer, with legislation to establish the innovative Youth Jobs PaTH programme due to be debated in the Senate this sitting period, Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said today.
“While the unemployment rate on the North Coast is relatively low, there are still young people struggling to get into the workforce. Youth Jobs PaTH will help increase young people’s job prospects by ensuring they are better prepared for the workplace and encouraging more businesses to open the door to them,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The three-step Youth Jobs PaTH programme is a key component of the $840 million Youth Employment Package announced in the 2016 Budget.
“The programme will help young people become work ready through intensive pre-employment skills training, delivering the work-ready skills that many employers have said young job seekers often lack.
“Following the pre-employment training, up to 120,000 internships over four years will be available for young Australians to gain real work experience. Finally, an increased wage subsidy for employers who take on young job seekers will provide an incentive for local employers to give young people the opportunity to obtain gainful employment.
“The PaTH programme has been developed by listening to what young people and employers have told us they need.
“Young people on the North Coast want the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to their communities, but to do so they need the job-ready skills that employers demand – the PaTH programme ticks both boxes,” Mr Hartsuyker said.