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Gillard Government welcomes 10,000 new Woolworths jobs

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Minister for Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, today welcomed the announcement by Woolworths that it will create around 10,000 new retail jobs during the current financial year.

Woolworths has a strong track record of creating real job opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers, including Indigenous, mature aged and long term unemployed.

“Today’s announcement underlines the confidence in and strength of our economy” Senator Evans said.

“Despite coming under pressure from a cautious consumer and ongoing global instability the retail sector is still the second largest employing industry in Australia, employing more than 1.2 million people.”

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations predicts that an additional 76,000 retail jobs will be created by 2015.

“Retail jobs like those announced by Woolworths create real opportunities for unemployed people, and the government is connecting job seekers to these jobs through targeted pre-employment training assistance, Senator Evans said.

“The Government invests $6 billion through our employment services to assist unemployed job seekers into work.”

“These services help unemployed people find jobs by providing one-on-one assistance and training.

“The focus of this year’s Budget was on providing opportunities for all Australians to train and work. A job creates a pathway to better life outcomes, the benefits of which go beyond economic, to include health and social benefits.”

Woolworths CEO, Grant O’Brien, started working on the Woolworths shop floor and is a shining example of the rewards that comes from training and hard work.