Joint media release with Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash
The Coalition Government’s $760 million Youth Jobs PaTH programme is providing Northern Territory businesses with an incentive to help young Territorians in to the workforce.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said many young Territorians who were keen to get work often felt they lacked the practical experience to succeed in the workforce.
“The Coalition Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH programme will assist 120,000 young Australians get the skills and experience they need to get a foot in the door and get a job,” Senator scullion said.
Under the programme, Territory businesses that take on an intern will receive an upfront payment of $1000 and young people will receive an incentive payment of $200 per fortnight on top of their income support payment.
Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, said businesses were already responding strongly to PaTH.
“Youth Jobs PaTH is a win for businesses who want to grow and for young people who need an opportunity to gain experience and show what they are capable of,” Minister Cash said.
“The Coalition Government intrinsically understands that the best form of welfare is a job and so we are ensuring our young Australians are well equipped to enter the workforce and become self-sufficient.
“The best way to get more young people in to work is to build a strong economy that enables employers to be more productive, more competitive, more innovative and to create more job opportunities. Every policy lever the Government has at its disposal is being utilised to promote growth, encourage investment, stimulate job creation and support businesses.”
The Youth Jobs PaTH programme will be funded through the Coalition Government’s $855 million Youth Employment Package, announced in the 2015-16 Budget.
The Youth Jobs PaTH programme complements the Coalition Government’s successful Transition to Work service and Empowering YOUth initiative, all of which are designed to get vulnerable young Australians in to the workforce.
Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH is available at jobactive.gov.au/path.