SYDNEY, July 3 - Jobless young people aged between 15 and 24 will undergo training before securing 12-week placements in major retailers under the federal government's PaTH internship program.
"This type of program now helps to ensure there are better opportunities for young Australians to seize that first opportunity on that employment ladder," Education Minister Simon Birmingham told Sky News on Monday.
"And from there, we know that's where your career can really take off."
Australian Retailers Association chief executive Russel Zimmerman says underprivileged youths would access the same opportunity as some of Australia's most successful business people, who started out on the retail shop floor.
"Our retailers are already major employers of young people and these PaTH internships will now provide another way that employers can give young people a go," he said.
"We need our young staff to have basic vocational skills and the mix of retail means you could need food training to tyre fitting qualifications before you can start on the job."
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will detail the internship agreement in Sydney on Monday.
Senator Cash said the partnership was aimed at giving young people the experience and skills to secure a job.
"Today's announcement will provide more opportunities for thousands of young Australians to learn new skills and showcase their talents in this industry," she said.