According to the latest data from the program, 67 per cent of participants had completed internships that led to immediate employment, while 8 per cent had a job placement within three months.
The Youth Jobs PaTH Internships program helps young people gain the skills and work experience needed to get and keep a job. It also supports businesses to trial young people in the workplace and offers a financial incentive when they hire. Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements – Prepare, Trial, Hire.
Under the program, young people get an opportunity for a workplace trial while Australian employers are offered a financial incentive for taking on job seekers aged between 17 and 24 years and the chance to see how a prospective employee matches their recruitment needs.
“We want every single Australian to have a chance at getting into work. PaTH is one of the arrows in our quiver to help younger Australians to demonstrate their skills, develop vocational skills and improve employment prospects,” said Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business Stuart Robert.
‘We know from our experience of COVID-19 lockdowns that young job seekers face different challenges in getting back into the workforce, and that’s what makes initiatives like PaTH all the more valuable.”
Assistant Minister for Youth and Employment Services, Luke Howarth, said the program gives young people an opportunity they might not otherwise have to learn from an employer, set goals, and mentor while demonstrating their skills.
“Almost 90 per cent of PaTH participants that were surveyed through post-placement monitoring indicate they would recommend an internship to other young people, and businesses are more likely to keep young people in available jobs after trialling them in an internship,” he said.
PaTH internships are co-designed by the host business and young person to match their skills, interests and experience with the needs of the business.