HVTC Skills Highway PaTH Industry Pilot Program
Connecting businesses to potential employees
The HVTC Skills Highway PaTH Industry Pilot Program (Skills Highway) is a unique opportunity for you to find, train and trial a potential candidate before giving them a job - all at no cost to your business. Funding has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment through the Youth Jobs PaTH Industry Pilot initiative.
HVTC and the Central Coast Community College are partnering with the Federal Government to deliver the Youth Jobs PaTH Program across the Hunter Valley and Central Coast. Our goal is to help young people find real job opportunities in the following industries we know to be experiencing a strong demand for skilled workers: Business Services, Community Services, Engineering and Electrotechnology.
The Program was established in response to industry calls for greater support with the selection, training and job matching of candidates. We understand how difficult it can be to find and retain quality staff, so we’ll be working closely with Employment Service Providers to source a pool of potential candidates who are actively looking for career opportunities.
We’ll provide eligible participants with relevant skills training to prepare them for the workforce and will assign each participant a dedicated Field Officer to provide mentoring and support specific to their individual needs. We’ll then match your business to a suitable candidate for a work experience internship, where you’ll have the opportunity to trial them in your workplace before you decide to hire them. By investing in stronger training and employment pathways, our goal is to help more young people transition into long-term career opportunities while making it easier for your business to find and keep the right person for the job.
The program is broken into three key phases:
Successful participants will complete 6-8 weeks of face-to-face group training (75 hours total) at several locations in the Hunter Valley and Central Coast with rolling commencements from April to November 2020. Training will be delivered by the Central Coast Community College and will include tailored short courses focused on developing and improving employability skills and soft skills to help them transition into the workplace with confidence. They will also receive industry specific training and Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support as required.
Upon completion of the training phase, participants will be placed with a pre-qualified local business for a work experience placement in their chosen industry area. During the work placement, participants will complete a range of structured workplace activities and will be required to keep a logbook of skills/experience gained. Each participant will be assigned their own Field Officer who will provide ongoing monitoring, mentoring and support and ensure everything is going smoothly. The Field Officer will conduct regular site visits, provide mentoring and coaching and obtain feedback on their performance to ensure any barriers to success are identified and addressed, with ongoing management programs established as required.
Upon completion of the Internship phase, HVTC can assist your business to transition your placement into ongoing employment, whether directly with your business or via an apprenticeship or traineeship. You may also be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 for eligible participants, to help settle them into the workplace.
Please complete the form below to register your interest in the Program.