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A new Federal Government incentive is now available to help Sunshine Coast businesses hire additional staff.

Wage subsidies are a key component of the Government’s new jobactive PaTH Program, which will be fully rolled out in April and will help up to 120,000 vulnerable young Australians through pre-employment training and internships.

Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien, welcomed the subsidies initiative, saying it would help local businesses hire young people from within the local community.

“Financial incentives of up to $10,000 are available to encourage businesses to employ new staff, which helps the local economy and in turn creates even more jobs”, Mr O’Brien said.

The first stage of the jobactive PaTH program now underway, is finding suitable employers.

“I strongly encourage Sunshine Coast businesses to get behind this initiative,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The program is flexible and can be adapted to meet the needs of any business.

“As well as significant financial incentives, the program effectively gives employers a chance to trial a prospective employee in the workplace before hiring them. 

“Employers often tell me that they want to employ young people locally, but lack applicants with the right skills and work experience.

“That’s exactly the reason the Government is investing $750m to help young Australians get job ready to enter the workforce and to assist employers to develop the right employees for their needs.”  

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