Employing young people through Job Ops

08 June 2011

Ryan Johnson, a self employed Whangarei builder, believes that Job Ops provides a wonderful incentive to employ young people.

Employer Ryan Johnson (Johnson Builders), Mathew Tacon, Max  Grammer and Thomas Tana.
Left to right – Employer Ryan Johnson (Johnson Builders), Mathew Tacon, Max Grammer and Thomas Tana

 

Ryan Johnson, a self employed Whangarei builder, is just one of the many employers in Northland who believes that Job Ops provides a wonderful incentive to employ young people, especially young people like Thomas Tana who was ‘as keen as’.

“I hadn’t employed staff before and the help Work and Income gave me was great”, Ryan said. “After finding out what sort of person I was looking for they shortlisted potential candidates, provided an interview room and offered me the Job Ops subsidy which was icing on the cake”.

Ryan chose Thomas because he demonstrated a genuine keenness to work. 20 year old Thomas had been going into Work and Income everyday looking for a job and even though he didn’t have many skills at the time he had a real willingness to learn.

“Since Job Ops began in August 2009 Northland has had 701 youth (16 to 24 year olds) placed into Job Ops positions. As of last week 114 of those opportunities were still active and 521 youth have not returned onto benefit, which represents less than 10% of our youth returning to benefit after this subsidy”, said Regional Commissioner Jan Rata.

“The Job Ops subsidy makes a big difference because you're not so worried about slowing up a bit to give them a hand and teach them new skills”, Ryan offered. “The $5000 subsidy helps cover the time needed to spend with the young person to increase their skill level making them more productive”.

Ryan has kept Thomas on following his six-month Job Ops placement and with plenty of work on he has now taken on another youth Max Grammer and placed him into another Job Ops position.

“I highly recommend Job Ops to any employer who has the work available, and is prepared to invest in a young person just like people invested in us when we were young”, Ryan encouraged.

Job Ops with Training

What is it?

Job Ops with Training is a refocused version of the Job Ops programme that incorporates training in the subsidy for employers.

Job Ops with Training is a $5,000 subsidy for employers to take on young people from benefit with low or no skills, or work experience and provide them with a six month employment opportunity. The subsidy is to help the employer meet the wage and training costs for the young person.

The subsidy requires the employer to develop a training plan that results in skill development for the young person.

Which employers can get it?

Most employers will be eligible. The Job Ops with Training placement must be a position in New Zealand for a business operating in this country. Employers that are not eligible for Job Ops with Training are:

  • Central Government
  • State Owned Enterprises, except in individual circumstances where exclusion would lead to an unfair commercial situation (for example if a direct competitor was receiving money for Job Ops with Training positions).

Who is eligible for it?

All young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been on benefit for more than 3 months will be eligible. Young people coming onto benefit who are considered to be at higher risk of being on benefit long-term will be eligible earlier (i.e. they will not have to wait for 13 weeks before being eligible).

How will it work?

At a regional level work brokers will work with employers to identify vacancies that
meet the Job Ops with Training criteria (entry level jobs that include training). Work
and Income will then refer young people on benefit to the employer.

How will the payments work?

Payments will generally be made as follows:

  • $3,000 when the employer provides Work and Income with a training plan and confirmed job offer
  • $2,000 after the young person has completed their job placement.

How many places will it provide?

Around 3,000 young people will participate in the Job Ops with Training programme in the 2011/12 financial year at a cost of around $13 million.

What kind of jobs is it for?

The job must be an entry level position of six months duration that includes a training plan that results in skill development for the young person.

What is the difference between Job Ops and Job Ops with Training?

Job Ops with Training requires the employer to develop a training plan that results in skill development for the young person. There was no requirement for training in Job Ops.

When does it start?

The Job Ops with Training programme will start on 1 July 2011.

How can I find out more and apply?

Contact the Employer Line on 0800 778 008.