FEDERAL MP Christian Porter has visited local businesses to promote the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program.
The Pearce MHR recently visited Mindarie Marina, where he met general manager Andrew McGie and an apprentice chef Seth Capon.
Mr Porter said the program helped young Australians get ready to join the workforce, and encouraged businesses to give them those opportunities.
“The PaTH program is about getting young Australians ready, giving them a go, and getting them into a job,” he said
“Young Australians want the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to their communities and we need to ensure that they have the basic skills that employers demand.”
Mr McGie said apprenticeships allowed young people to learn hands-on jobs from the bottom up.
“Apprenticeships are fantastic – I completed one when I was 16, as a chef,” he said.
Mr McGie said apprenticeships helped young people grow into adults and develop skills for valuable jobs and trades such as hospitality and construction. He said the marina planned to increase apprenticeship numbers.
The three-step Youth Jobs PaTH program was a key component of the $840 million youth employment package announced in the Federal Government’s 2016-17 Budget.
Mr Porter said to call 6296 7255 or visit www.employment.gov .au for more about the youth employment package.