Since the launch of Youth Jobs PaTH, employers have been seizing the opportunity to provide on-the-job experience to young people looking for employment. This holds true for BBQ Buoys in Adelaide, which employed Cody Estrella as a Customer Service and Operations Assistant.

With the growth in success of BBQ Buoys, the business founders, Martin Kloeckner and Andrea Escalante Padilla, were in need of some new employees, and reached out to employment provider Job Prospects.

Recruitment made easy

“We got in touch with Job Prospects and provided them with information about the job opening,” Martin said. "They came back to us within a day with resumes and they were all suitable. We had candidate interviews and the next week we started with the interns. It was very quick and professional, and with the right outcome.”

Martin was impressed with how Cody performed during the trial and confident he would be the right fit for BBQ Buoys.

“I would highly recommend other businesses to have a look at Youth Jobs PaTH and to discuss it with job candidates for the open position, and give it a try.”

Trial a young person through Youth Jobs PaTH

Cody had struggled to get a job after coming back from travelling overseas. He signed up with Job Prospects, who let him know there was an opportunity to trial for a position at BBQ Buoys.

“Just before the interview I looked up the company on the website, and it looked like a fun job to get into,” he said. “They mentioned it would be a trial for about six weeks, and after that they would determine if they wanted to take me on. So I started as an intern, learning everything I needed to learn as part of the job.”

Cody said he received great assistance from Job Prospects, such as obtaining a boat licence and a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate.

“My provider was able to organise all that for me, I just had to go in and do the course – it all went very smoothly. By the five-week mark I was put on a casual part-time position with BBQ Buoys,” he said.

Hire a young person and receive up to $10,000

Cody’s main responsibilities at the boat business include checking customers in, setting up the boats, getting the nominated skipper to sign the hire form and closing down at the end of day.

“Briefing the customers is fun because you get to interact and talk about the best parts of the river to visit,” he said. “Taking them through how to operate the motor and how to steer is always a fun thing to do, too. When we get the opportunity during the day, one of us has a go on the dinghy with a GoPro and to take photographs of the customers on the river.”

Cody said he would recommend a PaTH internship to those who are struggling to get a job.

“It’s a good way to get your foot in the door and you’ll learn a lot of skills that you wouldn’t expect to learn,” he said. “Having an RSA, a boat licence and security checks done – I can definitely say the skills that I have learnt are going to be helpful for future endeavours.”


Youth Jobs PaTH is designed to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job. It also supports employers to host internship placements and provides them with incentives when they take on a young person.

 The elements of Youth Jobs PaTH are:

  • Prepare — Young people can undertake Employability Skills Training (EST) to help them understand what employers expect of them in the workplace and equip them with the skills, attitude and behaviours for them to be successful in a job.
  • Trial — Employers can trial a young person aged 17 to 24 in an internship of between 4 and 12 weeks to see how a young person fits into the team and if they are suitable for ongoing employment.
  • Hire — Employers who hire a young person are eligible to receive a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive).

Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH, including internships, is available on the jobactive website.