(L to R) MAX Solutions MD Deborah Homewood, Beaconsfield Online Activity Centre Manager David Parker, job seeker Steven Jackson, BoysTown CEO Tracy Adams and Minister for Employment Senator Eric Abetz
Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment, officially opened the Launceston Virtual IT Work for the Dole activity last Friday, 7 August, celebrating the commencement of jobactive and Work for the Dole employment services in the region.
Senator Abetz was accompanied by MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood and BoysTown CEO Tracy Adams, who met with Work for the Dole host organisations and several participants that have gained employment through the programme.
MAX Employment Managing Director Deborah Homewood said MAX staff, participants and employers were delighted to welcome the Senator to the Virtual IT activity site in Launceston.
“The event was an opportunity for local hosts and community organisations to showcase the work they do for local job seekers.
“Senator Abetz spoke with activity participants that have developed skills while taking part in the work-like activity and are now ready to transition into employment in the IT industry,” Ms Homewood said.
The activity, hosted by Beaconsfield Online Activity Centre, teaches Launceston job seekers website and QR code development.
Activity participant Steven Jackson said the programme was the kick-start he needed, and is now enrolled in an IT degree in university.
Activity participant and now university-enrolled Steve Jackson
“It’s full on, but it’s great. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
“I used computers every day, but I didn't really think much of it. Since being in the program it's definitely something I should continue with,” Steven said.
The Work for the Dole programme is available to job seekers aged 18 to 59, and is part of the Australian Government’s plan to help job seekers gain the skills and experience needed to find employment and make a positive contribution to their local community.
Ms Homewood said that the programme has been a tremendous success for employers and job seekers.
“Thanks to the strong relationships and support of local organisations, there have been several Work for the Dole activities established in the Launceston area, ensuring job seekers are able to establish links with local employers,” Ms Homewood said.
The Virtual IT activity already has 65 of the 81 places taken with more spots being filled by local job seekers every day.