Youth Employment Package

Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire)

Young women will benefit from the Australian Government’s new Youth Employment Package that will assist young people to take advantage of job opportunities

The centrepiece of the package is the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) measure which is a flexible program designed to prepare young people, including women, for work by providing them with the employability skills and real work experience they need to get a job.

The program will encourage employers to trial a young person for a job by offering internships and financial incentives to reduce the cost of recruitment.

Young women will also benefit from the Australian Government’s Encouraging Entrepreneurship measure, which is providing support to young people who wish to start their own business. This includes Exploring Being my Own Boss workshops, new Encouraging Entrepreneurship Facilitators to promote entrepreneurship and additional places in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.

Transition to Work

Transition to Work is part of the $331 million Youth Employment Strategy. The Transition to Work service provides intensive services to young people aged 15 to 21 years who are at risk of welfare dependency and helps them improve their work readiness and get into work or education.

Seventeen-year-old Mikala Wade-Ferrell, from the North Coast of NSW, left school halfway through Year 11 so that she could start working full-time to support herself living out of home.

ETC, a Transition to Work provider, helped Mikala develop a resume and practise her interview skills. She found a full-time role as the Assistant Manager at Nourish Health food shop in Ballina and completed a Certificate III in Retail.

“I was losing interest in school but I found the Transition to Work program helped me moved into work.”

Watch the video to see how the support from ETC to see how the support from ETC Transition to Work helped Mikala on her way to a better future.

Read more stories about young people who found success with Transition to Work.

Empowering YOUth Initiatives

Forty Empowering YOUth Initiatives are operating across Australia. Initiatives range from developing a gamification app, getting careers information from a travelling caravan, working in a social enterprise or getting hands on building skills on a practical training site. Funding is provided to a range of community organisations to deliver, innovative approaches to help young people at any stage of their transition to employment. 

20 in 2020 by Big hART targets 15–19 year olds on the north west coast of Tasmania, with a focus on young women, who are vulnerable to intergenerational unemployment as a result of multiple barriers, especially family violence.

The initiative engages, re-focuses, and re-builds the agency (the capacity to make strong independent decisions) of these young women through a program of specialist workshops, designed to increase their employability, enhance their pathways to social and economic participation, while at the same time developing them as change agents in their community. In this way young people gain the skills necessary for economic participation, while at the same time contributing to a cultural shift in their community.