Phoenix finds empowerment through PaTH internship

The Department of Employment’s Youth Jobs PaTH program has helped young people gain confidence, discover their strengths and receive mentorship – but most importantly, gain employment.  

Nineteen-year-old Phoenix Tasker began her internship at Ausi Serviced Offices doing administration tasks, but it didn’t take long for the Director at Ausi, Priya Mishra, to discover Phoenix’s talent for sales.

After impressing Priya during her four-week internship, Phoenix was offered a full-time position as a sales consultant.

“The PaTH program is amazing and I don’t know what I would do without it,” Phoenix said.

“If I could ever write to someone who put the program into place I would say ‘thank you!’

“I didn’t realise how important it felt to be worthy of working.

“Being stable is amazing. It’s great coming in every morning to such a warm and happy company. I get so much encouragement and support from the team. They want me to gain experience and learn. I’ve been given great advice in terms of studying sales and marketing, so I can get the most out of life.”

Priya believes it was Phoenix’s cheerful and enthusiastic personality that made her perfect for a position in sales within the company. 

“I had given her social media to do, and also work related to marketing, and from that I believed she was a great sales person. She jumps straight in and gives it her all to learn everything.

“People in the workplace just love her personality. She’s very confident and comfortable in talking to people,” Priya said.

“Youth Jobs PaTH is a great opportunity for young people, and it’s also very beneficial for the employer to get support from the pathway. It’s great for businesses to get the help from the Department of Employment.”

The internship was facilitated by employment services provider Schools Industry Partnership.

“If it wasn’t for the providers at Schools Industry Partnership, I would not have known Phoenix or the other new young staff members who have been hired through the Youth Jobs PaTH program. I’m currently teaching one of the new staff members web design and SEO, and the other is learning administration,” Priya said

Phoenix said she had been looking for a job for about a year.

“I tried jobs like working at a nursing home, cleaning companies and bartending. But they didn’t work out,” Phoenix said.

Phoenix said Schools Industry Partnership introduced her to the Transition to Work program. She says the providers were wonderful and really pushed her to be in the great position she’s currently in today.

“They never gave up on me and were constantly supportive. If a job didn’t work out, it didn’t end there. They grabbed my hand and gave me another opportunity.”

In the future, Phoenix hopes to study for a Certificate II, III and IV, followed by a diploma and a Bachelor degree. When asked if she had any advice for young Australians looking for jobs, Phoenix said to never give up.

“On the dark days is when you truly get to see your light, and you get to see yourself shine,” Phoenix said.

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 — Employability Skills Training (EST) to help young people better 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 — under the ‘Trial’ element, the Government is encouraging local businesses to take on a young person aged 17 to 24 in an internship for a period of up to 12 weeks.
  • Hire — a Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 has been available since 1 January 2017 to help more businesses hire young people.

Further information about Youth Jobs PaTH, including internships, is available at: jobactive.gov.au/path