The Australian Retailers Association will help find jobs for up to 10,000 young Australians aged 15 to 24 on welfare for more than six months.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will reportedly announce the internship agreement today.
Under the federal government’s PaTH program for careers in major retailers, the young people will first undergo training before going on to a 12-week internship, with a permanent job being the end goal.
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“Today’s announcement is great news for young jobseekers all over the country, and reaffirms our successful steps to get Australians into work,” Mr Turnbull said.
Australian Retailers Association chief executive Russel Zimmerman said underprivileged youths were now getting access to the same opportunity as some of Australia’s most successful business people who started out on the retail shop floor.