Wednesday, 16 August, 2017


Youth employment was the focus at the August Hunter Economic breakfast of the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre.

The Australian Government’s Department of Employment was HRF Centre’s corporate breakfast partner and assisted in lining up the keynote speaker, Maggie Hill from the Foundation for Young Australians.

Hill’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion exploring solutions to a local challenge - the Hunter’s youth unemployment rate for June was 10.8 per cent, double our overall rate of 5.1 per cent.

The panel included the Department of Employment’s Regional Manager for the Hunter and Northern Employment Regions in NSW, April Carlin (pictured). Carlin promoted the Department’s new Youth Jobs PaTH program.

The PaTH program boosts the employability skills of young people who have been unemployed for six months or more. It also offers financial incentives to employers to trial young persons for a job by offering them internships.

“The PaTH program trains young people in those flexible skill sets that Maggie Hill from FYA has been talking about,” Carlin said. “We now have the ability within the training sector to customise courses. That ensures that job-seekers can be quickly brought up to speed with skills.”

The Department of Employment and the HRF Centre will soon host a workshop on youth employment in the Hunter.That will occur at our new venue - NeW Space on Hunter Street - later in the year.

Do you have opportunities available for young people? Your business can contribute to solutions to this critical regional issue, with the support of the Department of Employment. Their workshop will explore the support and incentives available to help you.

If you want to take part, or are interested in more information about how Youth Jobs PaTH can help you recruit suitable young people into your business, click on the link below to contact Mark Almond.