SurePact is Growing and Employing Youth with State Government incentives of $20,000
The State Government’s Back to Work Program supports companies such as SurePact and other SME’s to grow their staff and provide financial support for the first year of employment for eligible companies and employees.
SurePact CEO, Megan Avard, has been a strong supporter of employing youth, training and giving opportunities to those who may be overlooked due to lack of experience.
Over the past year SurePact has employed two graduates who were struggling to find employment under the Youth Boost Program offered by the QLD State Government.
“As a Regional company located in Moreton Bay, SurePact met all the criteria and was able to provide two amazing opportunities to Fatimah in a Digital Communications role and Declan as a Program Tester of the company’s software.” Ms Avard said.
“Normally due to lack of work and life experience as well as lack of connections means that young graduates who have talent are overlooked. As well SME’s also lack time to help train properly so the cost = benefit outcomes can be a deterrent to employ young people,” she said.
“This program is a wonderful support to companies such as SurePact as it allows us to manage our cashflow and reduce the pressure financially while growing the company.”
Declan completed his Criminology and Criminal Justice Diploma at Griffith in early 2018 and found it extremely difficult to find employment in this field. He took the approach of offering to volunteer for SurePact to gain some work experience and Megan quickly saw his potential in software testing. Unable to afford a staff member fulltime, she learnt about the Youth Boost program and once approved, Declan was employed full-time.
“It has been a great experience working for SurePact in a field I did not initially study for and one of the main reasons for this opportunity has been the Youth Boost Program,” he said, “and I am looking forward to staying on with the company as it grows”.
The $100 million Back to Work program has so far supported 875 businesses, mostly small businesses employing less than 20 people, to employ 1805 workers in regional Queensland.
Fatimah, a marketing graduate, said “Working for SurePact has been a journey filled with many opportunities I never thought I would gain at the age of 19; I am very thankful for the Youth Boost Program which supported me to work for SurePact as I see great potential and growth within the company ”
Support payments of up to $20,000 are available for eligible employers who hire eligible unemployed jobseekers. For more information visit Back to Work : backtowork.initiatives.qld.gov.au
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