Wage subsidies help local young jobseekers and small business owners

Violet joined the Transition to Work program with Access Australia Group already employed, but because the hours were so minimal, she was seeking a second job to get by.

Violet’s Employment Coach, Liz, from Access Australia Group immediately stepped in to help. ‘With permission from Violet, I spoke with Bakemen Bakery, whom Violet had earlier approached and offered them a wage subsidy to assist with her training. As part of this arrangement, Violet was guaranteed 25 hours per week.’

As new small business owners, Vaneet and Vikram said the timing couldn’t have been better.

‘We were having problems with staff availability and escalating costs and then Access was there to help us. It gave us a good boost to run our business smoothly. Violet is a very hard working employee. We can count on her.’

Vaneet and Vikram have since worked with Access to source another young staff member, Tia-Rose. Because of Tia’s limited employment experience, Access arranged for Tia to start as a Work Experience placement for 3 weeks, and included a wage subsidy to help with training, on completion.

Both Violet and Tia have now obtained their Food Handlers and Barista certificates while continuing to be valued employees at Bakemen Bakery in Kangaroo Flat.
Says Violet: ‘These opportunities have all helped me discover who I am as an adult and find my independence.’ And Tia: ‘My work experience placement really gave me the confidence to get where I am now.’