Federal Member for Lyne, David Gillespie and Luke Hartsuyker, the Assistant Minister for Employment, today encouraged all community groups on the Mid North coast to be part of the new Work for the Dole programme.
Speaking at the launch of the Mid North Coast Work for the Dole Expo in Port Macquarie, Dr Gillespie said that Work for the Dole is a key component of the Coalition Government’s new jobactive employment service.
“Work for the Dole is a work experience programme that helps local job seekers to learn new skills and remain active while they are looking for work,” Dr Gillespie said.
“A key feature of the scheme is that the activities performed by the job seeker are for the benefit of the local community.
“Work for the Dole is open to not-for-profit organisations, charities, local councils and state government agencies and can be conducted on an individual or group basis depending on the needs of the host organisation”
“For many community based organisations, the extra help provided by Work for the Dole participants lets them expand their services or take on new projects.
“This is a win-win situation as job seekers are being helped to gain new skills and the local community benefits by having work done that otherwise may not be completed,” Dr Gillespie said.
Mr Hartsuyker said he was delighted with the level of interest and support in Work for the Dole and encouraged more organisations to become involved.
“Over the past ten months, community groups right around the country have got behind the new Work for the Dole scheme and are offering job seekers the chance to feel part of a team and to give something back to their local community.
“The sorts of activities that have been offered range from office administration and customer service, food distribution for families in need, the refurbishment of historic buildings, and the development of new outdoor facilities such as walking tracks.
“Work for the Dole is helping local job seekers to build new skills, gain confidence and make the move into work.
“Local firm, Tursa Employment and Training, had been selected as the Work for the Dole Coordinator for the mid-north region and will work with local community groups to identify and design Work for the Dole activities and projects.
“I encourage any local community organisation that is interested in helping local job seekers to improve their job prospects through Work for the Dole to contact Tursa on 1800 670 914,” Mr Hartsuyker said.