The Australian Government has announced MAX Solutions will deliver Work for the Dole Coordinator services in 14 regions across Australia, helping job seekers gain practical work skills and increase their opportunity for employment.
Work for the Dole is an important part of the Government’s plan to help job seekers gain the skills and experience they need to move from welfare to work and make a positive contribution to their local community.
The Work for the Dole Coordinator program will source Work for the Dole places suitable for the wide variety of job seekers in each employment region. MAX Solutions coordinators will identify potential host organisations, secure hosted places, organise group activities and connect host organisations with jobactive providers in the region.
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood said the success of the recently piloted program was a strong indicator of success for job seekers and employers participating in 2015.
"More than 70 per cent of Work for the Dole participants found sustainable employment in 2014, meeting the needs of job seekers, employers and the local labour market.
"The Work for the Dole program is available to all job seekers aged 18 to 49 and will focus on strengthening links between employer needs and industry skills, with activities for job seekers that concentrate on providing these skills and instilling positive work behaviours,"
Ms Homewood said she was excited by the opportunity to have job seekers connected to a national network of non-profit, community and government organisations.
“We are very keen to hear from not-for profit organisations, charities, or local, state, territory or Commonwealth Government organisations or agencies that can provide work like activities for job seekers,”
From 1 July 2015, MAX Solutions will operate the Work for the Dole Coordinator service across 14 regions nationally; five in Western Australia, four in New South Wales, four in Queensland, and one in Victoria. The service will form part of the broader jobactive services, supporting job seekers to move from welfare to sustainable work.
MAX Employment, a subsidiary of MAX Solutions, will also deliver jobactive employment services in 29 regions across Australia.