Keith Pitt MP Federal Member for HINKLER

Youth PaTH program getting people into a job

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Youth Jobs PaTH program is assisting more young people into the workforce.

Since the program began there have been 348 trainees, 97 interns and 298 young people hired in the Hinkler electorate.

"This program is a win for the local economy, with many local businesses already having taken advantage of the financial incentives available to hire more young people," Mr Pitt said.

Today Mr Pitt visited Bundaberg Motor Group (BMG) to meet three interns who have gone onto paid employment with the company.

BMG General Manager Jacqui Morrison-White said the employees were a huge asset to the company.

"They are our detailers and in our business, having the stock ‘showroom ready’ and in pristine condition is a big job and they are vital to the success of our company," Mrs Morrison-White said.

The three employees went through the Youth Jobs PaTH program and became paid employees about six months ago.

"At BMG we’re keen to develop people who want to be developed and we have opportunities for career progression within the business. We work closely with Impact, who provides an excellent service to us and the interns."

Mrs Morrison-White said they would be looking to put on more interns through the Youth Jobs PaTH in the coming months, in other areas of the business.

Youth Jobs PaTH offers young Australians access to job-ready training programs through the ‘Prepare’ element and internship opportunities through the ‘Trial’ element.

Businesses employing young people (15 to 24 years of age) on income support and registered with an employment services provider may also be eligible for a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000.

For more information about Youths Job PaTH, visit www.jobactive.gov.au/path

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. The rollout of courses commences this month.

• 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.

• 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 1,600 businesses have already taken up this subsidy.

Authorised by Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler, 41b Woongarra Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

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