Nine young people will get work experience on the Bark Endeavour through a $100,000 grant under the Lotteries Commission's Community Youth Link Program.
Announcing the grant today, Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs said it would give the young people work experience in a project that would greatly enhance their permanent job prospects.
The would involve helping build the replica of Captain James Cook's famous vessel, sail-making, rigging, merchandising and public relations.
"The young people will be taken on for 12 months, and with skilled instruction and guidance, they will have the opportunity to develop highly usable skills," Mrs Beggs said.
Through the Lotteries Commission, the young employees will have a stake in what will be a major national attraction and an example of Australian craftsmanship."
The $15.5 million project is due to culminate in the launching of the vessel at Fremantle next May and a maiden voyage to Sydney in October.
It was conceived by the Australian National Maritime Museum and now was in the hands of the non-profit organisation, the HM Bark Endeavour Foundation.
Lotteries Commission chairperson Wendy Silver said the $100,000 would be paid progressively.
The grant was the latest allocation from the Commission's Community Youth Link Program that so far had distributed $2 million for a range of job creation and training opportunities for young people.
"The Endeavour project is particularly rewarding as the participants will be engaged in team work towards a national objective, as well as developing a broad range of skills," Mrs Silver said.
Endeavour Foundation general manager John Longley welcomed the grant.
He said the Lotteries Commission, while addressing the need for youth employment, had recognised the project's great cultural importance to Australia.
The Foundation was continuing to seek corporate sponsorship through a $1 million public appeal.