PaTH Internships are short placements in the workplace that give young people an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to a potential employer, develop vocational skills and improve their employment prospects. At the same time, employers have the opportunity to trial young job seekers in a structured work experience placement, to see if they are the right fit for their business.
PaTH Internships are voluntary, and run for 30 to 50 hours per fortnight, over four to 12 weeks. Interns do not receive payment from the employer during this time, but can continue to receive their normal income support payment and are also eligible for an additional fortnightly incentive payment of $200.
PaTH Internships do not necessarily lead to ongoing employment, but a host employer can choose to offer an employment placement at any time if they consider that an intern has demonstrated appropriate ability. Although host employers do not employ or pay wages to the participants during the course of the internships, they are eligible to receive a payment of $1000. This payment will be made to the employer by an employment services provider who can then claim reimbursement from the Government.
To be eligible for a PaTH Internship you must
- be aged between 17 and 24 years of age
- be on income support and have mutual obligation requirements
- be registered in jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services
- have been continuously serviced in employment services for at least six months.
Employers and employment services providers started offering PaTH Internship opportunities from 1 April 2017.
More information about PaTH Internships, including internship opportunities in your area, is available through the jobactive website.