Youth Jobs PaTH provides stepping stones to employment

Youth Jobs PaTH is an Australian Government initiative to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job. It includes an internship work placement plus financial incentives for businesses to hire eligible young people.

Employers benefit because they get to see firsthand how a potential new recruit is going to fit in your workplace, during a 4-12 week internship placement. They may also receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance when they hire an eligible young person.

You may have heard of the Australian Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH internship program but are not confident this is right for you? Or perhaps you have never even heard of this program?

ETC has some helpful information for you. ETC interviewed a small business owner who trialled the PaTH program which had many benefits for his business. Read about it on the ETC Blog >

Find out more about Youth Jobs PaTH


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Friday Night Live Youth Creative Event

Every Friday night, One Vision Productions hosts Friday Night Live at the Creative Hub in the Byron Arts and Industrial Estate, where youth can come together to create, collaborate and mix with the industry’s best and brightest local musical talent, DJs, MCs and artists of every genre.

Young people come together at Friday Night Live to jam, explore, perform and play in a supportive, empowering environment. 

One Vision has been able to create this safe space for youth to be creative and engaged due to community support from local artists, business owners and community members.

Every Friday Night, 6pm – 8pm, 4/10 Wollongbar St, Byron Bay Industrial Estate.

Learn more about One Vision Productions and their programs giving a voice to the disadvantaged youth of Australia on their website.

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Youth Frontiers program: Volunteer Mentors for Young People

YWCA NSW is the provider for the Youth Frontiers program in the Northern Rivers, from Tweed to the Clarence Valley, a NSW Government funded program for young people aged 12-16 years who are interested in engaging with and working with volunteer mentors on a community-minded project on a topic of their choice.

Each year, 1200 young people across NSW participate in the Youth Frontiers program.

 The objectives of Youth Frontiers are to enhance participants’ self-esteem, confidence and communication skills through mentoring; increase young people’s connection and participation in their community and recognise the contribution young people make to their communities; while supporting volunteers to enhance their skills in order to provide quality mentoring. Youth Frontiers is an evaluated program, ensuring the outcomes and success of the program are measured and provided to the funding body upon completion. 

What does Youth Frontiers involve?

Youth Frontiers requires a weekly commitment from mentees and mentors over a 6 month period, ending in a showcase exhibiting the completed projects of Youth Frontiers participants. Please see the following link for more information about the program.

I know a young person who would be great for Youth Frontiers – how do they get involved?

Contact the Youth Frontiers Coordinator for Northern NSW, Alexia Keskerides, on 0491 053 949 or at [email protected] for more information and an application form. 

How do I become a volunteer mentor?

Volunteer mentors must be aged over 18 years and able to commit to attending  group and one-on-one mentoring sessions (totalling approximately two hours) each week over a 6-month period (excluding school holidays). You will be required to complete a Working With Children Check and National Criminal Check (free) and attend training with other volunteer mentors. Mentors do not require previous experience – just the desire to support young people to reach their potential! Please register your interest with Youth Frontiers Coordinator Alexia Keskerides on 0491 053 949 or at [email protected].  


Working with Young People? Here’s Some Tips for Supporting their Career and Employment Decisions

Community sector workers working with young people have a range of resources at their fingertips to help them support young clients who are planning their careers or making decisions about leaving school. Here’s a rundown on what’s available to help point young people in the right direction as they take their first steps down the employment pathway.

Job and Career Advice

The JobJumpStart website is operated by Jobs and Small Business. It has a range of job and career related advice – it’s a one stop shop!

JobJumpStart has dedicated information for those at school or looking for a job. For those at school planning their career there are a range of resources to assist in the decision making process. There is also information on skill shortage areas.

In addition to the JobJumpStart website operated by Jobs and Small Business, there is also Job Outlook.  Job Outlook helps young people to make decisions about study and training, their first job, or the next step in their career.

Young people can learn about:

  • their future career outlook, pay, main tasks, physical and other demands.
  • skills, knowledge and abilities they may need.
  • ideas for careers you can aim for now or in the future.
  • follow links to job vacancies and related courses.

For those supporting career development, the Australian Government’s Department of Jobs and Small Business website has a wealth of information specifically for young people. It explores the programs, income supports and pathways available to young jobseekers.

Looking For Work

The Government’s Jobsearch website is where young people can go to actively look for work. The website assists both employers and job seekers to place or find a job. Importantly,it provides links to local service providers as well as specific locations of the industry and occupation people are interested in. If job seekers are having trouble finding a job in the local area, comprehensive information is provided for those considering moving outside the local area to increase their chances of finding a job.

The Jobsearch website draws important information from the Departments Labour Market Information portal to provide young people with valuable insight into where the jobs of the future will be, with projections of employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation

Advice for School Leavers

A website called Year 13 draws on the experiences of young people to actively engage and involve them in its co-design. Developed from the young person’s perspective, Year13 has broken things down and sorted it all out so you can find anything you need to know about jobs, studying, gap years, travelling, apprenticeships, money and discounts.

As the Year 13 website says: “A wise man once said, “any decision is better than no decision,” and finishing school comes with a ship load of decisions! Lucky for you, there are no wrong answers. If the world is your oyster, then Year 13 is the knife that’ll wrench apart that shell to reveal the goodness inside. So, let’s eat!

Information compiled from the North Coast Career Pathways Taskforce.



Mobile Music Studios Available for North Coast Youth

Young music enthusiasts across the Northern Rivers are making the most of the opportunity to access mobile music studios, thanks to a grant provided to OneVisionProductions from the ETC Community Support Fund.

OneVisionProductions, the brainchild of Byron Bay local Mark Robertson, purchased Macbook computers to utilise as part of his Mentoring for Change program which matches vulnerable youth with mentors in the creative industries.

According to Mark, lack of transport options, pockets of socio-economic disadvantage, and both physical and social isolation experienced by young people in the Northern Rivers were all barriers that OneVision’s program sought to address.

“Mentoring for Change matches vulnerable youth with mentors in the creative industries. Already the Program has seen positive outcomes with about 150 young people from Lismore, Ballina, Tweed and Byron Shire regions receiving personalised tuition in digital music production and music instruments,” he said.

“This program has improved community cohesion, by providing bored teenagers with a program they are interested in. It has also enhanced awareness of education, training and employment pathways in the creative industries.”

Read more on the ETC website >


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