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a new path For youth employment

Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible new approach to youth employment. It is designed to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job.Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare - Trial - Hire.

Prepare ► If you're a job seeker aged 15 - 24 you may want to consider discussing Employability Skills Training (EST) with BEST Employment. EST is an opportunity to improve your chances at getting a job. It can help you identify and improve the employability skills that employers require and develop your interview and application skills to help you land that job. EST can also provide you with opportunities to experience different career paths that match your interests.

Trial ► Trial provides young people with voluntary internship opportunities to help them gain real work experience in a local business by taking part in an internship placement for between 4 and 12 weeks. An internship is an opportunity to show an employer what you can do and how you fit into their business. Internships are unpaid by the business, instead you will receive an extra $200 a fortnight on top of your income support payment.
BEST Employment will provide support to you and the host throughout the internship.

Hire ► If its the right fit for both you and the host you could land yourself a job.

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Are you aged 15-24 and looking for work?  Get ahead with our Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program.

Smart, Skilled and Hired is a NSW Government-funded program aimed at helping young jobseekers enter the workforce with practical training, one-on-one mentoring and on-site work experience, while creating a supportive environment. This program can help you find work or increase your hours at a current position.

To be eligible you need to be:

  • Aged 15-24
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Not receiving unemployment benefits
  • Have satisfied school leaving requirements (completed year 10 or are years old)

How SSHYE works:

You’ll work one-on-one with your Youth Job Coach to identify your skills and goals, and create a plan to achieve these. This can be through employment, education, training or work experience, while BEST makes sure you are support the entire way.

You may also be eligible for assistance with work clothing, training costs and transport needs.

BEST Employment is committed to helping young people into work.

BEST Employment currently delivers this program in Tamworth, Armidale and Inverell in North West NSW. For more information please contact your local office on 1800 660 660.