I'm an employer - Youth Jobs PaTH

Youth Jobs PaTH is an Australian Government employment service that helps young people gain skills and experience they need to get and keep a job.

As part of Youth Jobs PaTH your business can trial a young person for 4 to 12 weeks in an internship to see if they are the right fit. You will receive $1,000 to help with the costs of the trial and if you decide to hire them, you may be eligible to receive additional financial incentives. If you’re looking for an apprentice or trainee, you can use a PaTH Internship to trial a young person in the role before committing to a formal apprenticeship agreement.

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Watch the video to see how Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare, Trial, Hire) makes it easier for you to find and recruit the right young person, at no cost to your business.

Looking to hire staff? Youth Jobs PaTH can help you find the right young person for your business.

PREPARE: Employability Skills Training

Courses are designed to help young people develop core workplace skills and knowledge such as managing work life, reliability, communication skills, problem solving, teamwork and using office technology.

Training can be tailored to your business needs

Many Employability Skills Training providers deliver training in the context of a specific industry, such as:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Construction


Some providers offer industry specific training, such as a White Card or a Responsible Service of Alcohol.

If you have an ongoing need for staff, Employability Skills Training providers can work with you to develop tailored training to meet your business needs, at no cost to you.

Training can be delivered so that course participants learn about the skills and aptitudes needed in your industry, and the expectations of employees in your workplace. You can then recruit the best young people for your business straight from a course.

Find out more about Employability Skills Training

If you'd like to develop Employability Skills Training for your business, contact your local Employability Skills Training Provider

TRIAL: PaTH Internships

PaTH Internships provide an opportunity for you to trial a young person to see if they are the right fit for future employment in your business.

A PaTH Internship is for young job seekers 17 to 24 years of age who are registered with certain government employment services (jobactive, New Employment Service Trial, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services). Trials run for four to 12 weeks between and you must offer 30 to 50 hours of participation per fortnight.

Internships are tailored to suit your business

Your local employment service provider will work with you and an eligible young job seeker to design an internship placement that meets your business needs and expectations.

The provider also supports you and the intern throughout the internship.

Financial support and insurance

During the PaTH Internship, you receive $1000 to help cover the costs of hosting an intern. The Government also provides your intern with $200 a fortnight on top of their income support payment and insures interns during the internships.

Find out more about internships

Read the PaTH Internships Fact Sheet - Information for Host Businesses.

To find out if your business is eligible to host an internship, contact your local employment services provider.

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HIRE: Financial incentive to hire a young person

If you hire a young person, your business may be eligible to receive a Youth Bonus Wage Subsidy.

This is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) paid over six months when you hire an eligible young job seeker in an ongoing job.

Packaged with an apprenticeship

Youth Bonus Wage subsidies can be packaged with Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme payments, to provide further support for your business to create apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Find out more about wage subsidies

Find out if your business is eligible for a wage subsidy.

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