Assistant Minister for Employment Visits MAX Job Seekers

The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister for Employment, and Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP have visited MAX Deception Bay activites

May 29 2015

(L to R) MAX Deception Bay Consultant Rachel Seaton with The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP and CDS Event Manager Monique Leyton

MAX Employment Deception Bay welcomed the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister for Employment, and Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP at two local employment sites last week, discussing how MAX assists job seekers into work within the local community.

The first stop for Minister Hartsuyker and Mr Howarth was Costco North Lakes, where they met several MAX Employment job seekers who had been placed into work with Club Demonstration Services (CDS).

“Minister Hartsuyker and Mr Howarth were taken on a tour with CDS Country Manager Mohammad Haroon and Event Manager Monique Leyton, and were able to discuss the benefits of finding work with our job seekers,” MAX Deception Bay Business Manager Belinda Mitchell said.

Minister Hartsuyker took the chance to get some hands-on experience of the role the CDS demonstrators perform each day, offering Costco customers samples from their food selection.

They also congratulated former MAX job seeker Georgina Matthes on her recent promotion to team leader and 12 month anniversary with CDS.

“It was great to have both Minister Hartsuyker and Mr Howarth see the hard work and dedication of our job seekers and local employers, and get an insight into how finding work can help so many people in the community,” Ms Mitchell said.


Minister Hartsuyker with CDS Country Manager Mohammad Haroon

The next stop was the Deception Bay PCYC where several MAX Work for the Dole participants were building furniture for the youth organisation.

Minister Hartsuyker and Mr Howarth met with project host Reclink as well as PCYC representative Sergeant Jeremy Arato, discussing the various benefits of programmes like Work for the Dole.

Ms Mitchell said it was a successful visit, with both Ministers hearing about how beneficial the programme is for job seekers and employers alike.

“Our Reclink host Tony discussed with the Minister how small organisations can survive through the support of Work for the Dole and organisations like MAX Employment.

“Minister Hartsuyker and Mr Howarth could see the opportunities programmes like these create. Our participants demonstrated the valuable skills they are learning such as teamwork and problem-solving; traits that leave them better placed to find work,”
she said.

The Minister and Mr Howarth concluded the day by thanking local employment providers and host organisations such as CDS, Reclink and the Deception Bay PCYC for providing opportunities for job seekers to transition back into work, and thanked MAX Employment Deception Bay for their ongoing support of job seekers and community organisations. 

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