Wide Bay employers now have a $20,000 reason to hire local young people this festive season according to Sarina Russo Job Access, Regional Manager Leah Dixon.
Ms Dixon said the Youth Boost incentive is part of the State Government’s doubling of the existing $10,000 Back to Work payment.
“With Youth unemployment unacceptably high the Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ is a tremendous boon for regional businesses and recent school leavers in the Wide Bay.
From 1 December 2016 to the 28 February 2017, the incentive is paid the employers in three stages when they hire an unemployed person between the ages of 15-24.
“While employers will benefit financially the incentive is strategically timed to coincide for when Class of 2016 school leavers will start looking for work after Christmas.
“Payments will made directly to the employer in three parts
- $6,000 after 4 weeks of continuous employment;
- $7,000 after 26 weeks of continuous employment; and
- $7,000 on completion of 52 weeks continuous employment.
“Everyone in our community is concerned about young people being out of work and needing new opportunities. So the State Government is to be congratulated for its resolve to drive down youth unemployment in the Wide Bay.
“With the Back to Work ‘Youth Boost’ coming into effect on 1 December, employers will need to act quickly.
I encourage local employers to contact Sarina Russo Job Access Hervey Bay on 13 15 59 so we can talk you through the eligibility for the $20,000 incentive,” Ms Dixon said.