STEPS Group to support Sunshine Coast young people into the workforce

Unemployed young people aged 17-25 will receive training and support into work in the Aged Care and Disability industries on the Sunshine Coast under a Youth Jobs PaTH industry Pilot to be conducted by STEPS Group, supported by $533,858 in Morrison Government funding.

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that the pilot, one of nine selected for funding around the country, would help local young people find work in the fastest growing industries on the Sunshine Coast.

“My mission is to help to make the Sunshine Coast the place to be for education, employment and retirement. I want our young people to be able to get great jobs right here on the Coast, in our emerging industries like healthcare. This pilot will deliver practical and tailored support from some of the Sunshine Coast’s top experts in the field, so our young people can get a head start on a rewarding career.” Mr Wallace said.

During two initial weeks of team building, STEPS will develop an Individual Training and Support Plan with each participant to identify their barriers to employment and create strategies and support activities to overcome these.  All participants will then receive accredited training in three entry level qualifications - Certificates III in Individual Support, Home and Community Care, and Disability - which include some work experience, followed by a PaTH Internship or employment. Participants who complete the internship will be offered employment within STEPS Group’s own organisation or within their employer networks.

“STEPS are already national leaders in providing disability services, and in helping people to overcome some of the most serious barriers a person can face in getting into work. I am sure this pilot on the Sunshine Coast, with the support of the Morrison Government, is going to show Australia the way, and prove yet again that our community is at the forefront of innovation nationwide.” he said.

STEPS will draw 60 eligible young people from Sunshine Coast and Noosa LGAs for the 26 week course, to be delivered at their Caloundra campus. The first course will begin in February 2020. 

STEPS Group Chief Executive Officer Kerry Staines said their courses have a great reputation with past, current and future students because of their high post-graduation employment rate.

“We have a great reputation with local aged, disability, home and community care providers because we are skilling the workforce in a way that meets consumer and industry demands,” Ms Staines said.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the pilots are a direct 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,” Minister Cash said.

“The $10 million Youth Jobs PaTH industry pilots will equip young people with real training and experience through industry-led pathways that lead directly to jobs where we know there is demand for more workers.”

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.

For more information on the outcome of the Youth Jobs PaTH industry pilots tender visit:   


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