Friday, 6 May 2016

Multimillionarie Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's 'churn & burn' path for unemployed, low-skilled youth

Set out below are the official bare bones of the Youth Jobs PaTH  internships for unemployed 17-24 year olds that the Turnbull Government is offering from 1 April 2017.

What these bones both reveal and conceal is that in 2017-18 an est. 30,000 young people jobless for six months or more will be set to work between 15-25 hours a week for 4 to 12 weeks in mainly low skilled jobs in supermarkets, cafés,  newsagents or other businesses in order to receive an additional $100 a week in Centrelink benefits - while the erstwhile ‘employer’ pockets $1,000 upfront for so generously offering to accept free labour arranged through JobActive employment service providers.
The Government will provide $751.7 million over four years from 2016‑17 to establish a Youth Jobs PaTH program for young job seekers aged under 25 years to improve youth employment outcomes. The new pathway is designed to enhance young people's employability and provide up to 30,000 young people each year with real work experience. The pathway has three elements:
Industry‑endorsed pre‑employment training (Prepare) — from 1 April 2017, training for up to six weeks will be provided to develop basic employability skills, including those required to identify and secure sustainable employment.
Internship placements of up to twelve weeks (Trial) — from 1 April 2017, up to 30,000 internship placements will be offered each year to enable businesses and job seekers to trial their employment fit. Job seekers will receive a $200 fortnightly incentive payment and businesses will receive $1,000 upfront to host an intern. Placements will be voluntary and will be organised by employment services providers. Job seekers must be registered with jobactiveDisability Employment Services or Transition to Work, and have been in employment services for at least six months to be eligible for the internship program.
Youth Bonus wage subsidies (Hire) — from 1 January 2017, employers will receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 for job seekers under 25 years old with barriers to employment and will continue to receive up to $6,500 for the most job‑ready job seekers. Job seekers must be registered with 
jobactive orTransition to Work, and have been in employment services for at least six months for employers to be eligible for the wage subsidy. Funding for this component will be provided from within the existing funding for wage subsidies.

The program will include an employer mobilisation strategy to encourage participation in the initiative by all employers.
As part of this measure, the Government will also achieve savings of $204.2 million over four years. The design of wage subsidies available through jobactive will be improved to reduce red tape for employers, including by simplifying payments and enabling employers to choose more flexible payment arrangements.

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