Giving young people a go

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, today visited Tass 1 Trees, a local business that is participating in the Coalition Government’s $760 million Youth Jobs PaTH program.

The Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) aims to increase the job prospects of young Australians by ensuring they are better prepared for the workplace whilst simultaneously encouraging local businesses to offer them opportunities. 

Joe Tassone, owner of Tass 1 Trees in Middle Swan, recently recruited 24-year-old Jayden Radford with the use of the Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy.

“Many local young people who are keen to get into work to build a better life feel that they lack the practical experience to succeed in the workforce,” Mr Porter said.

“It was great to visit Tass 1 Trees today, a local business in our community that is supporting our youth and strengthening our economy by utilising the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

“I would encourage interested local businesses to get involved in the Youth Jobs PaTH program – trial an intern for a future position or hire a young person with the assistance of the Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy.”

The Youth Jobs PaTH program appealed to Mr Tassone when he was looking to fill a position at Tass 1 Trees as it provided an opportunity for a young Australian to become self-sufficient.

“I had a second chance when I was younger so it’s really good to participate in a program that gives young blokes the chance to set themselves up,” Mr Tassone said. 

The Youth Jobs PaTH program will be funded through the Coalition Government’s $855 million Youth Employment Package that was announced in the 2015-16 Budget.

The Youth Jobs PaTH program complements the successful Transition to Work service and Empowering YOUth initiative - all of which are designed to get vulnerable young Australians into the workforce.

The elements of Youth Jobs PaTH are;

  • Prepare — Employability Skills Training (EST) to help young people better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job.

  • Trial — under the $250 million ‘Trial’ component, the Government is encouraging local businesses to take on a young person aged 17 to 24 in an internship for a period of up to 12 weeks where the business will receive an upfront payment of $1,000 and the intern will receive an incentive payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment.

  • Hire — a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 has been available since 1 January 2017 to help more businesses hire young people. More than 1,000 businesses have already taken up this subsidy.

Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH is available at jobactive.gov.au/path

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Jayden Radford, MHR Christian Porter, Joe Tassone (owner of Tass 1 Trees)