Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today met local Work for the Dole participants who have made a major contribution to the new site for We Care 2 while learning valuable skills for the future.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt invited the Minister to Hervey Bay to see firsthand how local employment initiatives, including Work for the Dole, are making a difference to the lives of job seekers and to the community.
“Work for the Dole is one of the core components of the Government’s new $5 billion jobactive employment services system which aims to help job seekers move from welfare into work,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“Work for the Dole gives job seekers the opportunity to learn new skills and gain work experience while giving back to the local community.
“Keith Pitt has had an active role in getting programmes like Work for the Dole up and running, and he is a strong voice for Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast in Canberra. He is passionate about fixing the local economy and getting local job seekers into work.
“It is great to be here today with Keith at We Care 2 to see how these employment programmes are making a difference to the Hervey Bay community and local job seekers,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt praised We Care 2 for their commitment to assisting job seekers.
"We Care 2 offers emergency relief assistance, food bank and counselling for men, women, children and families. When they moved into their larger premises on Main Street, landscaping works were required but had not been budgeted,” Mr Pitt said.
“The We Care 2 Work for the Dole project has given eight eligible job seekers valuable work experience on a major landscaping project including construction of pathways, irrigation systems, fencing and gardening.
“As well as these practical skills, participants have also undertaken workplace health and safety training, and a White Card – General Construction Safety.
“The participants have also benefitted from being part of a team, meeting new people and building their self-esteem. The work they complete boosts their confidence and they can be proud of their contribution to building a better community,” Mr Pitt said.
Minister Hartsuyker said he was delighted with the way in which Work for the Dole has been embraced locally and its many successes throughout the region.
“This programme encourages the participants to demonstrate the qualities and attributes that employers look for, and will help them to become productive and valued employees,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
If you would like any further information on Work for the Dole, please visit www.employment.gov.au/work-dole.