Forty-one young people will gain on-the-job training under the first round of grants from the Lotteries Commission's $2.8 million Community Youth Link program.
Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs today said the initial grants, totalling $434,452 were part of a pilot program that aimed to provide paid training positions for 200 young job seekers.
The grants cover 25 training projects in metropolitan and country areas. The training periods range from three to 12 months.
"The program complements existing employment and training initiatives and includes special provisions for helping people with disabilities, Aboriginal youths and youths considered 'at risk'," Mrs Beggs said.
"The funds are aimed at fostering the development of skills while supporting the trainees under award conditions so that the youths involved have a more secure future."
Mrs Beggs welcomed the commitment of employers who were taking part in the program. Some of them had indicated the training period could lead to permanent employment.
"Hands-on skills training in the workplace is an integral part of giving young people not only experience, but in particular the confidence to improve their permanent work prospects," she said.
Mrs Beggs said the Lotteries Commission would review the program based on reports it received from the employers after the training period.
The grants approved by Mrs Beggs on the recommendation of the Lotteries Commission are:
City of Mandurah: $6,000 towards the costs of employing a young person at the Mandurah aquatic and recreation centre. The proposal includes the possibility of permanent employment.
City of Rockingham: $33,714 to train two young people as child care assistants for 12 months; $16,012 to employ and train a trades assistant in the Council's property maintenance section.
Youth Options, Kwinana: $70,226 to employ 10 young people for six months with Youth Options which has job opportunities with local flower growers.
Co-Scope Joblink - Hamilton Hill: $18,611 to employ and train a young person as a clerical/reception assistant for 12 months.
Children's Services Support Unit - West Perth: $11,749 for a trainee clerical assistant for six months.
PE Personnel - West Perth: $18,851 to provide on the job support for a young disabled person to train as a clerical worker with the Authority for Intellectually Handicapped Persons' south west regional office for 12 months; $26,701 towards the cost of training a young disabled person in computerised engraving at Kings Park Botanic Gardens for 12 months.
Koondoola and Girrawheen Youth Incorporated: $18,481 to employ and train a youth at risk as a mechanical workshop assistant for 12 months.
Cannington Skillshare: $59,520 to employ eight young Aboriginal people for three months to renovate a house that has been donated to the South East Aboriginal Development Group.
City of Belmont: $59,980 to employ six young people for six months in clerical work, the library, child care centre and as gardeners.
Strive sponsored by Windmill Projects - Bridgetown: $7,473 to employ a young disabled woman as an assistant gardener with the Warren Shire.
Bridging the Gap - Rockingham/Kwinana: $15,055 to employ an Aboriginal person in a clerical position for 12 months.
City of Geraldton - Queens Park Theatre: $19,858 to train a young Aboriginal person for 12 months as a trainee administrator.
Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley: $52,221 towards the cost of employing and training five young people as grano workers for 24 weeks.