19-year-old Hanna from Cedar Grove in Queensland is three weeks in to her Employability Skills Training (EST) as part of the Federal Government’s PaTH initative. Hannah is a job seeker with another jobactive, and is doing her training at MAX Browns Plains.
When Browns Plains PaTH EST Trainer Mel first asked Hanna where she wanted to work, her immediate answer was in retail. With this in mind Mel has been scouring Grand Plaza, the local shopping centre, with her PaTH job seekers in the hope of securing work at clothing stores.
Quiet and reserved, Hanna struggled with the confidence to approach employers and enquire about job opportunities.
“Handing out my resume was scary at first,” she said. “But now I go up to the counter.”
The Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible new approach aimed at getting young people aged 15-24 into the workforce. PaTH has commenced Australia wide with three elements; Prepare, Trial & Hire.
Using Employability Skills Training (EST), young people can enhance their employability with two blocks of targeted training. Each block is 75 hours of face to face training and provides opportunities to experience career paths that align with their interests.
Voluntary internship opportunities to help young job seekers gain real world experience with Australian businesses.
‘Hire’ focuses on providing ongoing employment to young workers, with a range of subsidies available for businesses that hire registered job seekers who have been looking for work for more than six weeks.
MAX Solutions sites are preparing young people for employment with two different blocks of targeted training. Training block 1 equips young people with pre-employment skills such as writing a cover letter and formatting resumes while Training block 2 focuses on job preparation and career development.
The preparation stage will help young job seekers take the first steps into a trial internship or paid employment.
Employing a young person has many advantages as they are full of energy and are eager to learn new skills. Young people bring vigour and enthusiasm to a role, particularly if it’s their first job and encouraging youth along their individual career paths creates future ready workplaces.
Mel has seen a dramatic change in her group who work together in team building activities and setting goals.
“One job seeker has already attained work after the first two weeks of the four week course!”
“They’re a bit shy but they support each other and each other’s goals.”
Hanna hopes that permanent employment will allow her enough money to save up and start a new life for herself in Sydney.