Job pro­gram works

Townsville Bulletin - - BUSINESS DAILY - TONY RAGGATT

YOUNG Steven Quinn is a happy man.

That’s be­cause, at 24, af­ter more than six years of try­ing and many dis­ap­point­ments, fi­nally he has se­cured his first full- time job.

He is em­ployed by Townsville deal­er­ship Pick­er­ings as a car de­tailer.

It has come about be­cause of the new fed­eral pro­gram, called Youth Jobs PaTH, tack­ling the coun­try’s dis­as­trous youth un­em­ploy­ment, which at Townsville is run­ning at around 22 per cent.

Mr Quinn’s lack of per­ma­nent work was not from want of try­ing. He se­cured a lot of work but al­ways as a ca­sual.

“I love to work. I ap­plied for hun­dreds of jobs a month but I was lucky to get a phone call or email back just to get an in­ter­view,” Mr Quinn said.

“This is awe­some. I can’t get over the fact that I’m work­ing full- time.”

Mr Quinn reg­is­tered with em­ploy­ment ser­vices provider Work­ways, and they li­aised with Pick­er­ings and the De­part­ment of Em­ploy­ment.

The pro­gram pro­vides train­ing, sup- ported in­tern­ships and wage sub­si­dies once in­terns are hired.

Pick­er­ings hu­man re­sources man­ager Jaret Grant said they were in­volved in the pro­gram’s tri­als and were among the first to ac­cept in­terns.

“It’s been an amaz­ing pro­gram to as­sist em­ploy­ers to train and eval­u­ate the skills of ap­pli­cants and as­sist with the un­em­ploy­ment is­sue we are fac­ing in re­gional Queens­land,” Mr Grant said.

“This is re­ally sup­port­ing small and large busi­ness in the re­gion.”

Un­der the pro­gram, in­terns aged be- tween 17 and 24 are paid an ad­di­tional $ 200 a fort­night on top of Cen­tre­link pay­ments, while em­ploy­ers re­ceive $ 1000 to help cover in­tern­ship costs.

If in­terns are hired, the Gov­ern­ment pays a sub­sidy of $ 6500 or $ 10,000.

Since April three young peo­ple have been em­ployed by Townsville busi­nesses fol­low­ing in­tern­ships and an­other 11 are un­der­tak­ing in­tern­ships.

A fur­ther 129 Youth Bonus Wage Sub­sidy agree­ments have been en­tered.

Mr Grant en­cour­aged Townsville em­ploy­ers to take up the ini­tia­tive.

Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

SUP­PORT­ING BUSI­NESS: HR Man­ager for Pick­er­ings Jaret Grant with car de­tailer Steven Quinn, a suc­cess­ful Path­way to Em­ploy­ment can­di­date.

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