Young Hobart locals off welfare and into work

SIXTEEN long-term unemployed people in Hobart have broken the welfare trap by gaining employment through the Federal Government’s Youth Bonus Wage subsidy.

The subsidy is part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, alongside Workskills Tasmania, visited Hobart business Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers recently to meet Shanon Wordsworth, one of many young Tasmanians who have gained meaningful employment through the program.

Mr Wordsworth was hired by Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers following a four-week internship.

“Stories like that of Shanon highlight the success of the PaTH program in assisting young people to gain a foot in the door in the job market,” Senator Abetz said.

“In just more than nine months, thousands of young people across Australia who were previously reliant on taxpayer-funded welfare are now in gainful employment.

“This includes more than 300 in Tasmania and the positive results clearly show that young Tasmanians are being given a go with the right support.

“Breaking the cycle of welfare dependency by securing gainful employment has a profound effect on the individual, their family, the local economy and the community.”

Employers are eligible for a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy under the ‘Hire’ element of the Youth Jobs PaTH program if they employ a young person who has been unemployed for six months or more.

Reforms to the subsidy were part of the Youth Jobs PaTH program announced in last year’s Budget and commenced on 1 January 2017.

In addition to the 10,000 young people hired through a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy, more than 9,300 young people have begun Employability Skills Training courses and more than 2,100 internships have commenced.

“The Liberal Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program is giving long-term unemployed young people the skills and experience to increase their chances of being considered for a job, as well as assisting employers to give young people a go,” Senator Abetz said.

For more information, visit www.employment.gov.au/youth-jobs-path.

Caption: From left, Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers operations manager David Dillon, Shanon Wordsworth, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz and Workskills Tasmania’s Leon Thompson.


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