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Participants praised for paintball project

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor today congratulated participants of a recent Work for the Dole project which has improved access to a youth centre and new paintball facility in Camden.

Mr O’Connor said 19 people participated in the work project which involved the refurbishment of a 40 seater bus, and the construction of amenities at the Camden Christian Church grounds at Narellan.

Mr O’Connor presented project participants with a certificate recognising their contribution during a ceremony at the site.

"The Rudd Government wants to ensure that employment programs focus on providing participants with skills that are in demand in their communities," Mr O’Connor said.

"This will help them to find work as well as local businesses to hire employees with practical experience."

Mr O’Connor said the Rudd Government had committed to maintaining and improving the Job Network and Disability Employment Network and has begun a review of employment services.

He said participants had gained valuable work experience in building and construction, as well as fabrication and repair techniques.

"This gives participants a greater advantage in finding work in their local area, while also assisting local businesses to address their staffing needs," he said.

"Already three participants have moved into employment or further education and training."

The project was funded by the Australian Government and was the result of partnership between the Local Community Work Coordinator, YWCA, and the Camden Christian Church which provided training and supervision.

YWCA is a not-for-profit community based organisation that has been delivering education, employment and training opportunities to unemployed people for many years.

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