Cheers to more internships

09 August, 2017

The Australian Hotels Association is increasing its target for the Youth Jobs PaTH program, aiming to deliver up to 10,000 internships.

Federal Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, says the hospitality industry plays a key role in offering opportunities to young Australians and is a sector set to experience significant growth in coming years.

“The hospitality sector already supports more than 870,000 jobs across Australia, and is forecast to expand rapidly, with almost 100,000 jobs expected to be created in the sector in the next five years,” she says.

The voluntary internships being offered form part of the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program, which was announced in the 2016-17 Budget and supported by $760 million in investment.

"We’ve seen 6654 individuals commence a training course, 1015 internship placements begin and 7539 Youth Bonus wage subsidy agreements signed,” Cash says.

"Of the 500 interns who have completed their placement, approximately 40 per cent have secured employment with either the host business or another employer.”

The elements of Youth Jobs PaTH are:

  • Prepare; Employability Skills Training to help young people better understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job
  • Trial; An internship for a period of between 4 to 12 weeks
  • Hire; A Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 to help more businesses hire young people.

Apprenticeship Support Australia Manager Lena Constantine says internships are a great pre-cursor to hiring.

“Employers can tap into internship funding then through the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program,” she says

► Apprenticeships and traineeships are the perfect solution to retaining staff.  Financial incentives and benefits may also be available to employers.  Want to find out more? Contact CCI’s Apprenticeship Support Australia team now on 1300 363 831.