Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash today joined the Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP at Illawarra ITeC, a training organisation that is delivering Employability Skills Training to young locals in Nowra.
“The PaTH program is delivering real results for young Australians right across the country, from inner city suburbs to regional towns like Nowra. Through Employability Skills Training, young people are gaining the necessary skills to prepare themselves for the workforce,” Minister Cash said.
“It is fantastic to see organisations like Illawarra ITeC preparing young people for employment and providing them with tools they need to be valuable members of the local workforce and the community.”
Mrs Sudmalis said the three stage design of the PaTH program makes it practical for Nowra given the unacceptably high level of youth unemployment.
“PaTH is helping get young people ready for the job market, look for opportunities, and at the same time giving incentives to businesses to create job opportunities.” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“I strongly encourage local employers to consider the PaTH program – it could help you find a great new employee to help you grow your business.”
Illawarra ITeC Operations Manager Lyn Gregory said Employability Skills Training was providing young people with the practical skills needed to prepare them for work.
“Employability Skills Training builds confidence in young people and helps them better understand what employers expect, as well as equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job,” Ms Gregory said.
“PaTH is a great way to address the youth unemployment issues we have in Nowra, with its three-pronged approach of ‘Prepare-Trial-Hire’. The young people we have here today are all very keen and ready to work.”
Minister Cash visited local business, The Dog & Monocle, which employed a young person, Brock Harris, through the PaTH program, after he completed an internship with the employer.
“Young people like Brock are getting real jobs thanks to the PaTH program. By doing an internship, Brock was able to demonstrate the value he could add to a business and he is now making a wonderful contribution,” Minister Cash said.
The Dog & Monocle co-owners, Carley Amey and Tess Thomas, could not speak highly enough of Brock.
“When we started this business, we knew we wanted to contribute and give back to the community. When we found out about the PaTH program and the opportunity to trial and hopefully hire an unemployed young person, we thought that was exactly what we wanted to do,” Ms Amey said.
Ms Thomas said she and Carley were introduced to Brock through the PaTH process.
“He’s a wonderful addition to our business and has a fantastic attitude. We would definitely encourage other Nowra businesses to find out about the PaTH program and give a young unemployed person a go; they have a lot to offer,” Ms Thomas said.
Since January 2017, more than 10,000 young Australians have gained employment with the support of a Youth Bonus wage subsidy under the Youth Jobs PaTH program, with more than 3,000 young people hired so far in New South Wales alone.
The $760 million Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program assists young people into employment, and offers employers incentives if they hire a young person who has been in employment services for six months or more.
For more information about Youths Jobs PaTH, visit jobactive.gov.au/path