19 year old Casey displaying new waste management skills at Coles internship Burleigh Waters, QLD.
Young people are finding it increasingly difficult to find
full-time work. Lack of qualifications and experience, location, or growing up
in a disadvantaged background often contribute to this growing problem.
The Youth Jobs Prepare, Trial, Hire (PaTH) program aims
to tackle this problem by preparing young people aged 15-24 for work.
After kicking off in April 2017, the PaTH program has
benefited young people looking for work with:
Preparing young people for work through Employability Skills
Training (EST) to help improve chances of finding and keeping a job.
Internships provide the opportunity to trial work in a preferred industry as well as gain experience, self-confidence
and on the job skills.
Employers are encouraged to hire young people through the
PaTH program with incentives from the Australian Government to help cover costs
of recruitment and training.
20 year old Tristan from Ridgeway, TAS is reaping the
benefits of the PaTH program. Unemployed since graduating high school in 2014
and becoming increasingly unmotivated, Tristan was encouraged to participate in
block 1 of EST by MAX Employment Hobart Placement Consultant (PC) Tash
Mansfield. Tash said the training completely changed Tristan’s outlook.
“He attended every day, even when he was sick,” she said.
“When he got a break he would voluntarily come out and speak
to me so we could do research on how to become a Personal Trainer and create a
path to his dream job.”
After Tristan completed block 1 of EST, Tash used her
network to secure an internship at Tim’s Fitness, a local gym in Hobart.
Tristan completed a 6 week internship at the gym and has now been accepted into
a Certificate III in Personal Fitness to become a qualified Personal Trainer.
19 year old Casey from Merrimac, QLD is experiencing similar
success with his internship at Coles Burleigh Waters. Casey experiences
difficulties in communicating and managing stress, and with little family
support, he was not hopeful for the future.
Palm Beach Health Services Officer (HSO) Natalie Thoumine
worked with the Coles store manager to create an internship opportunity for
Casey. Since completing his four week internship, Casey has matured in waves.
“I’m in a routine now; I get up on time, make sure my
uniform is ready and come into work,” he said.
“I’m excited for whatever comes next.”
Somalian migrant Sadiyo in Parramatta, NSW struggled to
maintain permanent employment due to the language barrier. Unemployed on and
off since mid-2015, Sadiyo was set on a career in childcare and undertook a
Diploma to help her achieve this.
MAX Auburn Business Development Officer Rupesh Afre
explained the benefits of a PaTH internship to Future Stars Early Learning
Centre in Ermington. They found it very helpful as it gave them an opportunity
to trial a prospective employee, ensuring they find a right candidate for the
After her four week internship finished, Future Stars Early
Learning had found Sadiyo to be
very competent, knowledgeable and professional and offered her paid
employment. Sadiyo is very happy that she will
be continuing work with Future Stars for the foreseeable future.
22 year old Kaylee from Logan, QLD spent four years studying
Laboratory and Medical Science at Griffith University receiving high grades and
following her passion of science. Upon graduating, Kaylee was struggling to
land a job in her field when she found the perfect opportunity: a position at QLD Fertility in Next
Generation Sequencing. Kaylee eagerly applied, but was worried her interviewing
ability would not be up to scratch.
MAX Trainer Lisa Corica worked with Kaylee in block 1 of EST
to help her overcome her nerves and worry around interviewing.
“We went one on one with interviewing techniques the
afternoon before the interview. I helped her with some questions that commonly
get asked. Helped her put some things together to be prepared.”
Kaylee said the exercises she and Lisa did together through
the first two weeks of the PaTH program really helped her interview skills.
“That really helped, having the questions there and my
answers to them - it relaxed me a lot more. Well, I wasn’t relaxed, but it made
me feel a lot better. “
Kaylee was successful in securing the position and has
maintained employment with QLD fertility for over three months now.
19 year old Tylah has new found confidence after
completing a hospitality internship with Dream Cakes by Dorita in Gympie,
Tylah has overcome a number of obstacles
including a toxic relationship and lack of confidence to complete the twelve
week internship. Frances says Tylah was concerned that she would disappoint a
“With PaTH, there wasn’t as much pressure for Tylah
to perform straight away, or risk wasting the employer’s time.”
Tylah has been a great hit with her employer,
Dorita, who offered Tylah permanent employment on completion of the internship.
For more information on the PaTH program contact
our training team or call 1800 021 560.