The Morrison Government has announced it will be partnering with nine organisations that will pilot industry-led employment pathways to help young people into work.
The industry pilots will combine elements of Youth Jobs PaTH employment services and other support to connect young people to employers with significant workforce needs, and in growing industries.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the pilots are a response to calls from industry for greater input in selecting, training, matching and supporting young job seekers.
“The Government is delivering on creating more employment pathways to real jobs for young people,” Minister Cash said.
“The $10 million Youth Jobs PaTH industry pilots will equip young people with the training and experience they need to walk directly into jobs where we know there is demand for more workers.”
Employers, Group Training Organisations, industry peak bodies and other employer representatives will deliver the pilots in both regional and metropolitan areas around Australia.
A variety of support measures will be available for participants, including tailored and flexible training opportunities, industry specific internships, mentoring and extra support for participants who need it, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships in some locations.
“We have carefully chosen these organisations and locations – after an open tender process – to optimise the diversity and scope of the pilots,” Minister Cash said.
Selected industries include aged, disability and community care; accommodation, food services and tourism; business; engineering and electro technology; retail; transport and logistics; ICT; and agribusiness.
Youth Jobs PaTH helps young people learn the skills that employers need, and gives them a chance to demonstrate those skills in the workplace. Businesses can also receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 for eligible participants, to help settle them into the workplace.
Since commencing in April 2017, Youth Jobs PaTH has helped 53,700 young job seekers into work.
The nine successful organisations and the locations covered are:
Toowoomba Regional Group Apprenticeship Company Pty Limited
Food services, agribusiness, supply chain
South West Queensland – Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and Darling Downs region, south to Goondiwindi and east to Dalby-Roma
MAS National Limited
South Australia – Adelaide North
Tasmania – Hobart
Queensland – Gold Coast and Rockhampton
MEGT (Australia) Ltd
National – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane
Steps Group Australia Limited
Aged care, disability services
Queensland – Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and Noosa Council
TCE Services Pty Ltd
Transport and Logistics
Western Australia – North Metro, South Metro, Midlands Wheatbelt, southern WA
Hunter Valley Training Company Pty Ltd
Business services, community services, engineering, electro-technology
New South Wales – Hunter Valley and Central Coast
Accommodation Association Of Australia Inc
Accommodation, food services, tourism
National – all state and territory capital cities
Bridging the Gap Inc
Aged care and disability services
Western Australia – Perth South
Skill360 Australia Limited
Retail, accommodation and food services, administration, support services
Queensland – Cairns and Townsville