Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker and Liberal Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards today praised the commitment of the mayor, councillors and staff of the Gawler Council in helping to get more young Australians into work.
Assistant Minister Hartsuyker said: "Work for the Dole gives job seekers the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new experiences, while giving back to the local community.
"The Government’s reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme commenced on 1 July for job seekers aged 18 to 30 years in targeted regions across Australia, including Gawler and the northern suburbs of Adelaide."
Senator Edwards welcomed the town of Gawler’s commitment to Work for the Dole and its support for local job seekers.
"The Gawler Council was one of the first organisations in Australia to approach the Government to get involved in the reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme because they understand it presents the town with two tremendous opportunities," Senator Edwards said.
"The first opportunity is to help job seekers build and maintain skills which will help them into the workforce. The second opportunity is to get some help with community projects which may not have been able to be completed without the support of local job seekers.
"Participants will be provided with a number of Work for the Dole placement opportunities with the Gawler Council including construction, repainting and restoring stone walls; paving and path maintenance; gardening; and building-renovation work.
"They will also be able to participate in individual placements gaining experience in administration and office work, customer service, and working with crews on maintenance teams.
"I thank the mayor, councillors, general manager and council staff for their commitment to supporting local job seekers and giving them the opportunity to gain skills and experience which will lead to future employment opportunities."