The mere thought of applying for a job and going to an interview was enough to make 19-year-old Queenslander, Dylan Radecki, feel physically ill. But then his employment services provider Gen-Z, suggested a Youth Jobs PaTH internship for him at Turtle Beach Resort on the Gold Coast, and he hasn’t looked back.

Now he has a great job doing what he loves.

His advice to others is to “take the plunge - just do it”.

PaTH internship helped Dylan work out what he wanted

“I had been unemployed for around two years and in the past tried doing a hairdressing apprenticeship, but it wasn’t my thing.

“Gen Z, told me about the new PaTH program and that Turtle Beach Resort was looking for someone. So I did a four-week internship, learning the basics like mowing, leaf-blowing and general outdoor duties.”

Dylan’s boss, General Manager of Turtle Beach Resort, Paul Auer, said he was very impressed with how quickly Dylan fitted in and gained confidence.

“Trialling Dylan through a PaTH internship was a real benefit. We agreed that Dylan would do an internship on around 30 hours, and initially I took him on to help with cleaning the public areas,” Paul said.

Dylan enjoys being outdoors and taking care of all the plants, like the Birds of Paradise. With no previous experience, he says his supervisor was quite surprised that he picked things up so easily and got through his tasks so quickly.

“When I’d finish one of the tasks I’d been given, I’d go and find the next thing to do. I think I’m pretty good at it. Maybe it’s because pruning plants is a lot like cutting hair. I’m really enjoying it and I’m considering doing a course in horticulture,” Dylan said.

Dylan was keen to work out in the open, and as it’s a large resort with a Putt Putt course and extensive outdoor areas to maintain, he was soon put onto doing work in the grounds and gardens.

PaTH took the pressure off recruiting

“Dylan fitted in extremely well and showed a lot of initiative,” said Paul.

“He has brought a fresh energy into the team and the extra resource has allowed the grounds manager to do some new and interesting things – so much so they’re now even looking at entering competitions.

“The great thing was that Gen-Z managed his placement, which meant I didn’t have to spend our time doing recruitment. With 300 rooms to clean, I really didn’t have time to muck about. The fact that we had someone come in who had already been screened, plus the benefit of a subsidy, really helped us to just get on with running our business.

“For Dylan I think his greatest achievement is the confidence he has gained in just a short time. When he first walked into my office he was so nervous.”

PaTH helped Dylan's confidence

Dylan added, “Before, I was really nervous to apply for a job or do an interview, so I really needed this PaTH program. The extra money I got also helped me pay for transport, which was great,” he said.

Dylan is not that same nervous young man now and clearly impressed his employer.

“When I finished my four weeks’ internship, the boss said: ‘We like you and we want to take you on.’ I was pretty stoked. 

“To others I’d say ‘Just do it – take the plunge. Don’t let anything put you down, and do something you enjoy because if you enjoy it you’ll have fun, and that’s how I feel about my job now’.”

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.