Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minster for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash, visited Queensland’s Print Approach ( a part of the Eckersleys Group) following the company’s success with the Youth Jobs PaTH programme that was introduced by the government last year.
The PaTH initiative allocates unemployed young people within internships with businesses, as a trial for both employers and their new workers. Print Approach, had taken on two men in their twenties last year, who are now completing apprenticeships with the business as a result.
|T Eckersley, M Cash, L Eckersley and M Turnbull|
Tom Eckersley, managing director of Eckersley Group noted that he was introduced to PaTH during a local networking group in Narangba, where its benefits were presented.
Internships in PaTh can run between 4 to 12 weeks. Businesses receive an upfront payment of $1000 to cover costs of the programme, while interns are paid a fortnightly incentive from the government.
Print Aproach uses an on-site training strategy, Tom Ekersley noted that they train their young people to operate across multiple processes such as offset, digital, wide format, so find that on-site is best for us. We use an RTO for the theory and statutory learnings such as OH&S.
The PIAA is engaged in continual advocacy with the government on training, Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PIAA said that the PIAA was having ongoing dialogue with the Government on this and similar subjects.