MAX Employment Northam has proven that they understand the needs of regional communities, winning the Regional Employment Award at the Employment Awards
held in Queensland last night.
The Employment Awards aim to recognise, raise awareness and promote the benefits of employing at risk groups including disability, mature age, youth, indigenous and regional unemployed.
MAX were recognised for their innovative approach to regional servicing, which includes an outreach program covering 1100km a fortnight, engaging work experience activities and the launch of a bus that transports job seekers to work experience activities.
MAX Employment Northam Work Experience coordinator Paul Buswell represented the organisation at the awards and said it was an honour to be recognised at a national level.
“It’s exciting to receive this award and see that the work we’re doing is making a difference to the communities of the Wheatbelt Region,”
said Mr Buswell.
Employment Awards judge Peter Sugg said, “Although MAX Employment cover a large land mass from their Northam office, they have proven that they are able to connect with many small and remote communities in the area.
“The ability to engage job seekers and establish strong community relationships is key to ongoing employment success.”
Mr Buswell believed that one of the greatest obstacles faced by job seekers in the area was the lack of transport.
With no public transport in the region many job seekers without a licence or transport find it difficult to attend appointments and engage with work experience programs.
The team at MAX Northam provide an outreach service that travels throughout the towns of the Wheatbelt Region, including Quairading, Beverley, York, Toodyay, Dowerin, Goomalling, Cunderdin and Wyalkatchem.
“We have developed a model that allows us to go to job seekers and for job seekers to come to us,”
said Mr Buswell.
"We spend about one-and-a-half days commuting each fortnight and cover about 1100km. We provide support to more than 530 job seekers, of which 250 are without licences or transport.
On top of this, we have the WEx Express Bus which transports job seekers to work experience programs. The bus runs five days a week and allows job seekers to attend work experience programs where they undertake structured training and learn new skills to help them enter the work.”