Another leading industry organisation has backed in the Coalition Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) programme with a commitment to deliver thousands of internships for young Australians.
The Australian Retailers Association has confirmed it will partner with the Coalition Government and deliver up to 10,000 internships to young Australians looking to get into work through the Youth Jobs PaTH programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Coalition Government understood the best form of welfare was a job.
“The Coalition Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH is all about giving local young people the skills they need, giving them practical work experience and getting them jobs,” Senator Scullion said.
“Territory businesses are already giving youths a go through the Youth Jobs PaTH programme, with five internships already under-way, and I encourage NT retailers to contact the Australian Retailers Association so we can get as many young Territorians into internships as possible to learn skills and get valuable experience.
“Since the Coalition was elected in 2013, the economy has created more than 686,000 jobs. The Youth Jobs PaTH programme is a central element of the Coalition Government’s comprehensive plan to get more Australians into work.”
Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, said that Australia’s retail sector was the single largest employer of young Australians, employing more than 1.2 million people.
“Today’s announcement will provide more opportunities for thousands of young Australians to learn new skills and showcase their talents in this industry,” Minister Cash said.
ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said retail was not just a place to start work, but an industry sector that could deliver a career, with some of Australia’s most successful business people starting on the shop floor.
“We are very excited to be a part of the PaTH programme. Our retailers are already major employers of young people and these PaTH internships will now provide another way that employers can give young people a go so that they can develop their skills and experience,” he said.
Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH, including internships, is available here.