Youth Jobs PaTH internship

Youth Jobs PaTH is an Australian Government initiative that helps young people gain skills and experience they need to get and keep a job. There are three elements: Prepare, Trial and Hire.

PaTH Internships is the ‘Trial’ Element of Youth Jobs PaTH and is a voluntary program, which means the intern won’t be penalised for ending the placement early. It gives young people an opportunity to demonstrate their skills to a potential employer, develop vocational skills and improve their employment prospects. At the same time, potential employers have the opportunity to trial young job seekers in a structured work placement, to see if they are the right fit for their business. PaTH Internships is also a great way to trial a young person in an apprenticeship or traineeship role before committing to a formal apprenticeship agreement.

During the work trial the Government provides interns with an additional $200 a fortnight on top of their income support payment. The host businesses will receive a payment of $1000 to help cover the costs of hosting an intern. All interns are insured for the length of their internship. The internship needs to be structured and supervised providing the intern with a placement that is 30 to 50 hours per fortnight, over 4 to 12 weeks.

To be eligible to take part in a Youth Jobs PaTH internship you must be:

  • aged 17 to 24 (inclusive)
  • on eligible income support payments and subject to mutual obligation requirements
  • registered with jobactive, Transition to Work, Disability Employment Services or New Employment Services Trial

More information about PaTH Internships, including internship opportunities in your area, is available through the jobactive website.

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