Minister Hartsuyker (centre) with MAX Employment Regional Manager Jo Bryce (left) and Executive Manager Darren Hooper (right)
MAX Employment welcomed the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister for Employment, to the official launch of jobactive in Belconnen.
Minister Hartsuyker received a tour of the new MAX Belconnen site and Belconnen Employer Business Centre, seeing first-hand how local employers are supported through services tailored to their business needs.
MAX Employment Executive Manager Darren Hooper said staff were delighted to show the Minister the new MAX Employment model in action.
“The Minister was keen to chat to a number of local employers at the launch and see how the Business Employer Centre operates to support their workforce needs.” Mr Hooper said.
Community organisation, Youth Connections introduced their enterprise business, The Skills Generator to the Minister which is supporting Belconnen job seekers to develop the entry skills required to start a career in the construction industry.
The Skills Generator National Development Manager Marcus Watson said that the organisation is currently hosting a Work for the Dole activity giving 36 local job seekers the opportunity to build their skills and prepare for work.
“We’ve worked with MAX to establish a pathway for young job seekers to enter the local construction industry. So far it’s been incredibly successful,” Mr Watson said.
Mr Watson said the pathway is giving participants hands-on experience in building and construction, with employers visiting activities to see participants build their skills and experience.
A young Belconnen job seeker recently secured an apprenticeship with the support he received through the MAX and The Skills Generator construction pathway.
“The young man came from a troubled background, but worked hard to build his skills and has recently won an award for his work in the industry,” Mr Watson said.
“He’s set to celebrate six months of employment in August. It’s great to see job seekers moving to secure employment after support from employment providers and community organisations,” Mr Watson said.
The former MAX Belconnen job seeker won the encouragement award at the 2015 Construction Industry Training Council Awards.