Youth Jobs PaTH




Prepare, Trial, Hire (PaTH) is a Government funded training and internship program aimed at giving young people the skills and experience to be more competitive in the labour market.

If you're an eligible young job seeker, you can access free training to prepare you for employment expectations and equip you with the skills to succeed.

Gain real experience through a voluntary work trial for up to 12 weeks, showing employers what you can do and building valuable skills.
Incentives and subsidies available to businesses will then give you a real chance of being
hired at the end.

As the region's most successful DES provider, Castle have an established network of locally recognised medium and large businesses ready to give young people opportunities to show off their skills. Talk to us to get started today.

Not eligible, but still want real life work experience?

Talk to us about the National Work Experience Programme


Get your foot in the door with real work experience

Am I eligible?

If you're aged 15 - 24 and on some kind of income support, chances are you're eligible to take part in PaTH, a program aimed at giving you the skills and experience to boost your job prospects.

How does it work?

The three stages of PaTH, Prepare, Trial, and Hire are flexible, allowing you to access what best suits your needs.

Prepare - Employable Skills Training can help you better understand what employers expect in the workplace and equip you with the skills and behaviours to be successful in a job. Training includes pre-employment skills such as job applications and interviewing, career development and job hunting. Core skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving, as well as industy specific courses such as retail, automotive or hospitality.

Trial - PaTH internships is an opportunity for you to show your skills to an employer, with a real chance of being hired at the end. It's a voluntary placement of up to 12 weeks, planned by you, Castle and the business, to match your skills, circumstances and employment goals. Castle has an existing network of local businesses across a variety of industries, ready to give you a go. You'll be covered by insurance and will also recieve a $200 incentive payment on top of your regular fortnightly income support.

Hire - to be eligible to host an internship businesses must have a reasonable prospect of employment following a trial. That means that if you're a good fit, you're a good chance of securing a job. Either way, you'll learn valuable skills and gain invaluable work experience to boost your future job prospects.

Businesses may also be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 and other incentives to hire you.

Trial a young person in your business

A PaTH internship is a great way to see if a young person is right for your business, and because they are voluntary, the participants are more motivated to show you just what they can do.

At no cost, we can match the right person to your available roles, organise training of work-specific skills and provide ongoing support during an unpaid trial. To be eligible to host an internship, businesses must have a reasonable prospect of employment at the end of the trial.

  • businesses can host an internship for between 4 and 12 weeks

  • details of the trial are co-designed by participant and the business to ensure it meets the needs of both the employer and the intern

  • participants are covered by insurance during the trial

  • businesses receive a $1000 incentive to cover costs of hosting a trial

  • up to $10,000 wage subsidy is available for eligible businesses who hire job seekers into ongoing employment

To find the right person to trial in your business, get in touch!

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