If you’re 15-24 and looking for work, PaTH might be right for you.

Training and upskilling can make a huge difference in improving your success when looking for work. Prepare, Trial, Hire (PaTH) helps young people gain the skills and work experience that employers are looking for.

The first stage is Prepare. This consists of pre-employment training known as Employability Skills Training (EST). 

EST is all about building your skills and experience, helping you to understand employer expectations, what jobs are available and the skills you need in an ever-changing job market. In addition, it is about giving you the awareness and confidence to stand out and get the job you want.

Once you've completed this training, we will help find an internship or work trial to put these skills in to practice and progress towards employment.

  • Employability Skills Training

Gain the skills employers look for

Eligibility for PaTH

Before we can refer you to a training provider for the first stage, you need to meet theligibility requirements for the program. To be eligible to take part in Prepare/EST, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged between 15 and 24 years
  • Have been registered with jobactive for over six months.


Being referred to EST

Your employment consultant will provide you with details on an upcoming EST course at a location and provider near you. 

There are two blocks of EST. Each training course is designed to give you a good understanding of your local job market and the requirements of employers in your area. 

  • Block 1: Meeting Expectations of Employers in the Workplace
  • Block 2: Industry Awareness and Advanced Job Search Skills.

Training is offered either full-time (25 hours a week for three weeks) or part-time (15 hours a week for five weeks). Your employment consultant will book you into the course and mode of study that best suits you. 

Learn skills that employers look for

The EST courses cover the core skills that will help you find and stay in work.

The first course (Block 1) is designed to develop your resume and improve your interview techniques. It focuses on job preparation and job hunting skills. 

The second course (Block 2) is centred on workplace skills and knowledge, including developing IT skills, problem solving and communication abilities to meet the expectations of employers.

If you need assistance with childcare, transport, reading and writing, or have any other issues that may affect your ability to complete the training, this is a great time to let us know. We can work on overcoming these together.

PaTH internship

Once you've completed your training, your consultant at MAX will help you secure a PaTH internship. This will go anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks and be between 30 and 50 hours. These internships are agreed between you, your consultant and the employer and give you a chance to put your skills to practice. 

Whilst the work is a voluntary placement, you will receive a $200 incentive payment per fortnight on top of your regular income support payment. Please note this is not a wage.

What happens next?

Once you've completed a trial or internship, this might lead to an offer of work or to other potential employment opportunities.

Other PaTH internships have included retail customer service experience, shadowing a carpenter/other trades and working in the fitness industry.

Whilst there is no guarantee of permanent employment with your internship host, many go on to secure work straight after doing similar roles. 

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