The Government is expected to announce details of a ''starting out'' wage today in a attempt to get more 16 and 17-year-olds into work.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson will this morning release the Government's Building Safe and Skilled Workplace programme which is the third of six business growth agenda reports.
It is understood it will include introducing a starting out wage that will be set at 80 per cent of the $13.50 an hour adult minimum wage.
It will effectively double the time workers can be on the Government's training wage to six months.
Under that regime the $10.40 an hour rate can be paid for three months or 200 hours, whichever comes first.
In May, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett told Parliament were 87,000 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, work or training, around 14,000 aged between 16 and 17.
Prime Minister John Key announced plans for a starting out wage before last year's election.
At the time Labour dismissed the concept as ''tinkering'' with youth wages and said it would do nothing to create jobs.
Labour also raised concerns there was no evidence to prove the work done by young people was of less value than the work done by others.
Today's announcement is also expected to include plans for skills matching to ensure the right training is being undertaken to full shortages in various sectors.
Plans for a Christchurch-based skills hub to help employers access the skilled workforce are also expected to be announced.
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