Recruitment: Pilot aims to attract young people to careers in the red meat industry

Beef Central, 12/03/2021

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THE red meat industry, including processors and meat retailers, is one of 12 sectoral groups that are partnering with the Federal Government in new pilot industry-led employment pathways to help young people into work.

The industry pilots combine elements of Youth Jobs PaTH employment services and other support to connect young people to employers with significant workforce needs, and in growing industries.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash, said the pilots were a response to calls from industry for greater input in selecting, training, matching and supporting young job seekers.

“The Government is delivering on creating more employment pathways to real jobs for young people,” Sen Cash said. “The $10 million Youth Jobs PaTH industry pilots will equip young people with the training and experience they need to walk directly into jobs where we know there is demand for more workers.”

Employers, group training organisations, industry peak bodies and other employer representatives will deliver the pilots in both regional and metropolitan areas around Australia.

A variety of support measures will be available for participants, including tailored and flexible training opportunities, industry specific internships, mentoring and extra support for participants who need it, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships in some locations.

Selected industries include aged, disability and community care; accommodation, food services and tourism; business; engineering and electro technology; retail; transport and logistics; ICT; and agribusiness.

Youth Jobs PaTH helps young people learn the skills that employers need, and gives them a chance to demonstrate those skills in the workplace. Businesses can also receive a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 for eligible participants, to help settle them into the workplace.

The Australian Meat Industry Council was one of 12 industry groups announced in December that will help co-design new pathways for young people to find employment, as part of a $10 million trial run by the Federal Government.

“Australian Meat Industry Council continues to lead in getting programs and policies in place to engage, recruit and retain young people within our Australia meat industry,” chief executive Patrick Hutchinson said.

“The PaTH program is part of this, and we’re part of a powerful group of associations developing the way forward.”

AMIC and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment have tailored a partnership arrangement that will promote and establish employment opportunities for young persons in all sectors of the meat industry.

Young people registered with jobactive, Transition to Work or DES are eligible to participate in the industry-led pilots, which will run up to June this year through the 12 sector-based organisations.









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