Joondalup: Stirling Skills Training helping young people and employees make transition to work easier


Mia Taylor (employer engagement consultant), Hayden Sharrett (career advocate) and client Jayden Duncanson (Banksia Grove). Picture: Martin Kennealey d474978
Mia Taylor (employer engagement consultant), Hayden Sharrett (career advocate) and client Jayden Duncanson (Banksia Grove). Picture: Martin Kennealey d474978

A JOONDALUP training provider is seeking young people and employees to take part in its ‘transition to work’ service as part of a national strategy.

Stirling Skills Training is a not- for- profit service provider that helps ensure young people meet the needs of the employer and are supported to settle into employment.

The transition to work service is part of the Federal Government’s Youth Employment Strategy and at the core of the strategy is the Youth Jobs PaTH initiative (Prepare, Trial, Hire).

Employer engagement consultant Mia Taylor and career advocate Hayden Sharrett’s work supports sustainable employment opportunities for people aged 15-21, including through apprenticeships, traineeships and internships.

“Youth Jobs Path was a win-win situation, giving young participants the chance to demonstrate their skills in the workplace to a potential employer, develop vocational skills and improve their employment prospects,” director Bala Suppiah said.

“For employers, hosting an internship is an opportunity to trial an intern in a structured work experience placement to see if they are the right fit for their business.

“Employers may be eligible to receive $1000 to trial an intern and if the intern is to be successful, this then leads into the third element, hire.

“At this point, employers may be eligible for a youth bonus subsidy of up to $10,000.”

Banksia Grove resident Jayden Duncanson is enrolled in a Certificate III in business and eager to use his skills in an employment position.

Jayden said Stirling Skills Training helped him to pursue a formal qualification to ensure he was job ready in an increasingly competitive market.

“Hayden and Mia – the employer engagement consultant affectionately known as the ‘job fairy’ – have really given me the support I needed and the skills to gain a position in a market I have always aspired to enter,” he said.

Stirling Skills Training will hold an event called ‘Supporting youth through collaboration’ for employers at the Growth Box in Malaga on November 22 from 11.30am-1.30pm.

Discussion will focus on the program and the success achieved in youth employment, with the provider presenting employers with certificates of appreciation.

For more about providing employment opportunities or to attend the Malaga event, call 0423 814 324 or email mtaylor@stirlingskillstraining.com.au.

Pearce youngsters move into workforce through Federal program

ABOUT 80 young people in the Pearce electorate have moved from welfare to employment through the Federal Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the program helped get young people off welfare, into work and ensure they contributed to the economy and their local community.

“We know that the best form of welfare is a job,” Mr Porter said.

“In just over nine months, 10,000 young people across Australia who were previously reliant on taxpayer-funded welfare are now in gainful employment thanks to the Youth Jobs PaTH program.”

Employers are eligible for a youth bonus wage subsidy under the program if they employ a young person who has been unemployed for six months or more.

Mr Porter said in his electorate there had been 80 young Australians who transitioned from welfare to work through the youth wage subsidy since the start of the year.

Across Australia, more than 9300 young people have begun employability skills training courses and more than 2100 internships have started.

“Results to date clearly show that young people are willing to put their hand up and have a go with the right support,” Mr Porter said.

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

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