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Historical restoration activity at Army Museum gives jobseekers new skills

Australian Government employment programs are helping to restore and create historical exhibits at South Australia’s Army Museum at Keswick Army Barracks.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today visited a Work for the Dole program, which is being coordinated by Workskil Incorporated and hosted by the Army Museum of South Australia.

Mr O’Connor met with participants who are involved in maintaining existing dioramas and creating new dioramas for the Museum.

During the activity participants will have the opportunity to develop basic building and carpentry skills.

The historical restoration project also involves repairing two historic Mitcham church buildings, a graveyard and their grounds.

Mr O’Connor said the employment program gave job seekers a chance to develop new skills including how to handle tools and awareness of the safety aspects required.

"The work experience and training received by participants in this program has been aligned with local ‘skills in demand’ to give participants' the best opportunity to find work beyond the program," he said.

"Participants also gain a sense of personal pride knowing that their hard work has provided ongoing benefit to their local community."

Mr O’Connor said in this program and others coordinated by Workskil, participants have been successful in gaining employment as builders’ assistants, cleaners and gardeners.

The Rudd Government has committed to maintaining and improving the Job Network and Disability Employment Network and is currently reviewing employment services.

"The Government is committed to boosting employment participation as one of the five key measures we have outlined to tackle the Liberals' inflation legacy," he said.