Release type: Joint Media Release

Date:

Boost for job seekers in Fairfield

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Minister for Employment Participation Kate Ellis and Federal Member for McMahon Mr Chris Bowen announced today that MAX Employment has been selected as part of the Job Service Australia Demonstration Pilot program.

MAX Employment will receive around $200,000 in new Government funding to trial enhancements to current service arrangements for disadvantaged job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the Fairfield area of Sydney. 

"By funding employment services that are already achieving strong results to trial new and innovative approaches to getting people into work - other services from around the country will be able to learn from their experience,” Ms Ellis said.

The MAX Employment pilot will deliver a series of intensive activities and targeted training and work experience to job seekers with a particular focus on improving language, literacy and numeracy.

"Like MAX Employment, the Australian Government knows that having a decent job is about so much more than collecting a weekly pay check.”

“Many of the job seekers participating in this project are facing significant barriers to employment, and this project will boost their literacy and numeracy skills, and give them some current work experience to add to their résumé.

MAX Employment will partner with Inspire Community Services to deliver the pilot.

"By connecting unemployed Australians with a support network of community and service providers we can ensure a sustainable relationship with the world of work rather than just a job that only lasts for the short term."

Federal Member for McMahon, Chris Bowen congratulated Max Employment and Inspire Community Services organisation on being selected to deliver this pilot program.

"Our Government has committed new funding of $4.7 million to 20 high performing employment services to run these pilot programs,” Mr Bowen said.

“Assisting job seekers to increase their numeracy and literacy skills will boost their ability to secure and retain job opportunities,” Mr Bowen said.

These pilots, in conjunction with the Australian Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce package, will strengthen employment services across Australia and help job seekers in identified areas of disadvantage.

For further information on the Job Services Australia Demonstration Pilots Program: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/JSA/EmploymentServices/Pages/jsapilots.aspx