I'm a job seeker - Youth Jobs PaTH

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

It’s not always easy applying for jobs and promoting yourself to employers, but with the right skills, training and experience, you’ll have a head start.

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PREPARE: Employability Skills Training

Get ready for work

Employability Skills Training helps you get job ready by building the skills you need to find a job, and the skills employers are looking for in the workplace. Employability Skills Training can improve your chances of getting a job or a PaTH Internship.  

Each course is 75 hours of training, delivered over three weeks full-time or five weeks part-time. Training is usually delivered face-to-face, but may also be accessed online, or through a combination of both face-to-face and online. There are two types of EST courses available. 

Block One—workplace skills

Block One prepares you to meet the expectations of employers by helping you demonstrate you have the attitude and approach to work that employers want. You’ll develop skills such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Reliability
  • Digital literacy

Block Two—job search skills

Block Two gives you a sharper understanding of the labour market so you can identify and pursue sustainable employment opportunities. You’ll:

  • Learn advanced job search skills
  • Get help with writing your resume and job applications
  • Improve your interview skills
  • Have a chance to participate in Industry Awareness Experiences, which will give you an idea about the tasks and roles in different industries.


You may be eligible for Employability Skills Training if you are:

  • Registered with a jobactive provider, or a participant in the New Employment Services Trial
  • 15 to 24 years of age
  • Receiving income support; and
  • Have mutual obligation requirements

Find out more about Employability Skills Training

If you're interested, contact your employment services provider and ask them to refer you to an Employability Skills Training course.

Employability skills training success stories

More than 65,000 young people have already done one or both courses with great results. Hear what some of them have to say.

TRIAL: PaTH Internships

Valuable experience

A PaTH Internship is a workplace trial so you can get experience that could lead to a job. It is a chance for you to show an employer what you can do and how you fit into their business.

An internship gives you on-the-job experience in a business that interests you, working on activities that match your skills and qualifications. If you’re looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship, you can use a PaTH Internship to trial the role before committing to a formal apprenticeship agreement. Internships run for four to 12 weeks, with participation of between 30 to 50 hours per fortnight. PaTH Internships are voluntary, so if the industry or workplace isn’t what you expected, you can leave the placement at any time without it affecting your income support payment.

Extra payment

When you start your internship, you get an extra $200 a fortnight on top of your income support payment.

Your provider also supports you during your work trial to make sure you have the best chance of success.

Find out if you can do an internship

To do a PaTH Internship, you must be 17 to 24 years of age, on income support and registered with jobactive, New Employment Service Trial, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services provider.

Talk provider to see if you are eligible to do an internship and if there are any opportunities in your local area.

Want to know more?

Read the PaTH Internships Fact Sheet – Information for job seekers

Visit the Youth Jobs PaTH Success stories page  to see how the program has helped young job seekers across Australia.

PaTH - Getting Ready for your Internship

A PaTH internship is great way to get valuable experience and prepare for a job. Get off to a great start with these tips.

HIRE: Financial incentive for businesses to hire you

Payments for businesses that employ young people

If a business hires you in ongoing work, for at least 20 hours a week averaged over a 6 month agreement, that business may be able to get a wage subsidy of up to $10,000.

Tell your employer how to find out about wage subsidies

If you need an edge to get the job you want, let your prospective employer know they should contact your jobactive provider and ask about a wage subsidy.