Northam Welcomes New Work for the Dole Activity
Posted on Friday, 20 April 2007
Federal Member for Pearce, Hon Judi Moylan MP, today announced a new Work for the Dole activity in the electorate of Pearce, for Northam.
Ms Moylan explained that 403 new Work for the Dole activities had been approved across Australia in this February 2007 round. These activities offer a further 3856 opportunities for job seekers to gain valuable work experience.
Ms Moylan said: “Through this activity, which is entitled The Blue Day Good Day Project and will be based in Northam, five job seekers will be given the chance to re-connect with work.”
The project will involve the setting up of a food bank to assist people in crisis within the Northam area to access one meal per week. Participants will learn hospitality skills as part of this initiative.
“Work for the Dole activities provide job seekers with a combination of work experience in areas where there is more demand, and it also assists employers who are experiencing workforce shortages to have access to a greater pool of potential employees,” Ms Moylan added.
Since Work for the Dole was introduced in 1997, over 550,000 unemployed Australians have taken part in almost 33,000 activities nationally.
“I would like to congratulate the local Community Work Coordinators and activity sponsors who have successfully proposed this worthwhile activity in Pearce.”
By undertaking a Work for the Dole placement job seekers are able to qualify for training credits of up to $800, which they can use to build and extend the valuable work skills they gain through Work for the Dole.