The first crop of enthusiastic young job seekers have graduated from TAFE SA’s Youth Jobs PaTH Program in Murray Bridge, after completing a three-week job ready bootcamp.
Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible new approach to youth employment. It is designed to support young people, who are currently on Newstart Allowance, to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job.
It also supports employers to host internship placements and provides them with incentives when they take on a young person. Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare - Trial - Hire.
Youth Jobs PaTH Operations Supervisor Mary Saunders said having an understanding of the local labour market and what makes regional businesses successful can be a huge advantage when applying for a job.
“Prospective employers tell us that they want applicants who have strong industry awareness, a keenness to get involved and confidence to walk up and just get the job done,” Mary said.
“So this Youth Jobs PaTH program is designed to do just that, the prepare phase supports young job seekers to explore their own skills and investigate local business and see where that career path may take them.”
The program works on building confidence, learning to recognise the skills they have developed through their current lifestyles, pulling together resumes, undertaking cold calls, researching local business and growth industries and meeting local employers.
Participants undertake site visits to businesses and are introduced to a range of opportunities in Murray Bridge that could hold the key to future employment.
TAFE SA Murraylands Regional Manager Sarah Lance said the young people in the program were excited to take their first step into employment.
“The Youth Jobs PaTH program really relies on support from many angles – from the Australian Government right through to local businesses,” Sarah said.
“Initially it starts with support from Job Active Providers supporting their clients to access this program through TAFE SA, then our local employers can trial these young people in a voluntary internship and with hard work and the right attitude that can lead to hire, keeping another young local in a job.”
The Youth Jobs PaTH program is an initiative of the Australian Government which also provides incentives to local businesses to work with young people and help them take their first steps into employment.
The trial component of the program provides young people with voluntary internship opportunities to help them gain real work experience. Employers can trial a young person in an internship for between four and 12 weeks to see how they fit into the team and if they are suitable for ongoing employment. Interns are unpaid by the business and receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the government.
The business receives an upfront payment of $1,000 in recognition of the costs of hosting the internship. From there the hire component provides a financial incentive of up to $10,000 paid over six months to employers who hire eligible young job seekers.
Sarah said TAFE SA would continue to offer the program and support the next crop of young job seekers eager to get their foot in the door.
“I am really pleased to see the great support we have had from local Job Active Providers and from our employers, as it’s these sorts of confidence building and kick start programs that can provide that little bit of extra support to jump that hurdle and get into the workforce.”
More information about the Youth Jobs PaTH program can be found by calling the Job Seeker Hotline on 13 62 68, or by contacting a Job Active Provider or TAFE SA at ESTSA@tafesa.edu.au