NatRoad backs youth job plan

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Clark says Youth Jobs PaTH pro­gram can tackle worker short­age prob­lem


AS­SO­CI­A­TION ( NATROAD) is sup­port­ing the fed­eral youth em­ploy­ment scheme in or­der to en­cour­age young peo­ple into the truck­ing in­dus­try.

An­nounced in the 2016-17 Bud­get, the $ 760 mil­lion Youth Jobs PaTH ( Pre­pare-Trial-Hire) pro­gram pro­motes train­ing and re­cruit­ment of young Aus­tralians into var­i­ous in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing road trans­port.

Un­der the scheme, busi­nesses can train an in­tern (aged be­tween 17-24 years) for a pe­riod of 4-12 weeks.

The in­tern­ship, which is de­signed as a path­way into the truck­ing in­dus­try, is a low-risk way for the em­ployer to test the skills of an in­tern be­fore tak­ing them on as an em­ployee.

If a can­di­date is taken on for a pe­riod of six months or more in a full-time, part-time or ca­sual po­si­tion, it en­ti­tles the busi­ness to re­ceive an in­cen­tive of $6,500-$10,000 at the end of the trial pe­riod.

NatRoad has ini­ti­ated a live trial of the PaTH pro­gram in two ma­jor road trans­port com­pa­nies in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

“With the av­er­age age of an Aus­tralian Truck driver at 53 years, if the in­dus­try does not ad­dress the is­sues at­tract­ing youth to the in­dus­try, we’re on the brink of an em­ploy­ment cri­sis,” NatRoad CEO War­ren Clark says.

“We have al­ready seen a driver short­age in many ar­eas across the coun­try, in­clud­ing the re­cent prob­lems in New South Wales’ Hunter Val­ley.”

Clark says the pro­gram is a win-win so­lu­tion for the in­dus­try and young peo­ple alike.

“It will open doors for young peo­ple look­ing for a long- term, sus­tain­able ca­reer in truck­ing.

“We en­cour­age road trans­port busi­nesses of all size to con­sider tak­ing part in the pro­gram.”

Clark says NatRoad aims to make young peo­ple aware of how vi­able trans­port is as a ca­reer choice.

War­ren Clark

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