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The special youth employment training programme

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The Hon. Ian Viner, MP

EMBARGO 6.00 pm 29 April 1979



The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, the Hon Ian Viner, MP today appealed to all employers when recruiting labour, to make at least one vacancy available for a long term unemployed young person who had had difficulty in competing on the open labour market.

"The Commonwealth Government's Special Youth Employment Training Programme (SYETP) is designed to assist unemployed young people in the 15 to 24 year age group who have difficulty in obtaining employment because they lack work experience or employment qualifications," Mr Viner said.

"The Government Programme provides a subsidy of $45 per week to employers who recruit eligible people through the Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) to offset the additional time and effort needed for training and supervision of these young people".

"The aim of the programme was to provide trainees with the basis for continued employment with the training employer, or to equip them with basic skills and experience which are readily transferable and acceptable to other employers" Mr Viner said.

Mr Viner said a national advertising campaign was under way to publicise the Programme. He urged all employers to contact the CES and lodge an appropriate vacancy for a trainee in order that the many eligible young people registered with it could be assisted.

The Minister said the Commonwealth Government itself was taking on 1,000 trainees under the Programme. State Governments in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, had already or were in the process of recruiting trainees this year.


29 April 1979