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Boost for job seekers in south-east Tasmania

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Employment Participation

Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis and Federal Member for Lyons, the Hon Dick Adams announced today that Workskills Incorporated has been selected as part of the Job Service Australia Demonstration Pilot program.

Workskills Incorporated will receive around $200,000 in new Government funding to trial enhancements to current service arrangements for disadvantaged job seekers in the Bridgewater area outside of Hobart.

Minister Ellis said the Australian Government had committed funding of up to $200,000 for the Bridgewater pilot.

"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.

"Like Workskills Incorporated, 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.

"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."

The Workskills Incorporated 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.

Workskills Incorporated will partner with Skills Tasmania Equity Programs and Tasmania Polytechnic to deliver the pilot.

Federal Member for Lyons, the Hon Dick Adams said that he was proud that an organisation in his electorate had been recognised with this new funding.

"Our Government has committed new funding of $4.7 million to 20 of the best performing employment services across the country to run these pilot programs,” Mr Adams said.

“This funding is a fantastic opportunity, not only for the people of Bridgewater, but also the surrounding areas. It can sometimes be difficult to find work, but with innovative programs such as this, getting back into the work force is being made easier”, Mr Adams added.

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