Will this government initiative help Warwick job seekers?

A NEW federal government initiative could help young job seekers find employment on the Southern Downs.

In the 2016-17 budget, the Turnbull Government announced the $752 million Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) Program which aims to help young job seekers move off welfare and into employment.

To help young people enter the job market, from April 1 2017, young job seekers will participate in intensive pre-employment skills training within five months of registering with jobactive.

In the second stage of the program, up to 120,000 internship placements over four years will be provided to help young job seekers who have been in employment services for six months or more gain real work experience within businesses.

Job seekers will receive $200 per fortnight on top of their regular income support payment while participating in the internship.

Warwick had an unemployment rate of 4.9% in December 2015, lower than the state average.

Will the new PaTH initiative better prepare Southern Downs young people for the work force?



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