Our young people aged between 15-24 years old, need employers to open their doors and provide leadership and shared knowledge.

The Australian Government is offering businesses an upfront payment of $1,000 to host an internship.  Employers can trial a young person in an internship for between 4 and 12 weeks to determine how they fit in the team and if they are suitable for ongoing employment.

Interns are not paid by the business but receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the Australian Government.  Additionally,  the intern is covered by insurance paid through the Department of Employment.  The upfront payment of $1,000 will not be recovered if the internship is not completed.

The Australian Government and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula are acutely aware that finding a suitable employee can be a testing stretch of resources for business, particularly small business.  What if you simply picked the wrong candidate?  What if choice number two or three was actually the best fit?

Youth unemployment is more than double the general unemployment rate.  This won’t be reduced if we can’t expose our young job seekers to real work experience.

Employers often lament they can’t find employees with the following skills:

  • positive attitude and a willingness to work
  • punctuality and dependability
  • motivation and enthusiasm
  • prepared to learn and take direction
  • respect and professionalism.

By hosting an intern, you can help discover and enhance these types of skills.  To be eligible, your business must have a reasonable prospect of employment for the intern following the internship.

To find out more visit https://jobsearch.gov.au/path/jobseekers/internships or phone 13 17 15.


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