Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott MP was joined today by the Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker at the Penrith St Vincent de Paul store to see firsthand the success of the Coalition Government’s Work for the Dole programme.
Ms Scott praised St Vincent de Paul for supporting young job seekers.
“The Work for the Dole programme at St Vincent de Paul in Penrith is giving young job seekers the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and attitudes employers are looking for while giving something back to the community that supports them,” Ms Scott said.
“Participants are learning new skills in customer service, merchandising, cash handling, and loading and unloading operations.
At the same time they are supporting the work of a vital local charity.”
Assistant Minister Hartsuyker said: “The Government launched revamped Work for the Dole arrangements on 1 July this year in 18 targeted locations across Australia, including the Nepean/Outer Western Sydney employment area.
“As part of the revamped programme, Work for the Dole Coordinators have been engaged as the first point of contact for organisations wishing to be involved and offer places to eligible young job seekers.
“Work for the Dole is part of a range of initiatives introduced by the Government to help more job seekers move from welfare into work, including the Job Commitment Bonus, Restart incentive and Relocation Assistance.”