Minister for Employment Eric Abetz visits two MAX Work for the Dole projects

Senate Leader and Minister for Employment Eric Abetz met with some of MAX Employment's Work for the Dole participants to discuss their experiences.

March 04 2015

Lyons MHR Eric Hutchinson, MAX Employment Work for the Dole Coordinator Julie Penney and Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz

Two of MAX Employment’s Work for the Dole projects were paid a special visit in Tasmania by Senate Leader and Minister for Employment Eric Abetz . Senator Abetz met with project participants to discuss their experiences with the program.

The Senator’s first visit was to Woolmers Estate in Longford, where participants are helping restore a genuine depiction of colonial life by working on a variety of maintenance and development projects.

Work for the Dole Coordinator Julie Penney said it was great to see Mr Abetz taking the time to speak with the participants about their involvement.

“The Senator had a chat with the jobseekers about the programme and the impact it is having on their lives,” Ms Penney said.

“He could hear firsthand the difference the programme has made to these participants, including developing new work and social skills, and renewing their motivation and confidence in finding work.”

Mr Abetz then visited Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society, a project where three providers assisted in sourcing participants. Jobseekers were on site building a ticket booth for the upcoming Steamfest Tasmania when the Senator came to visit.

Ms Penney said it was another successful visit, with Mr Abetz hearing about how beneficial the programme is for jobseekers and employers alike.

“Our host Chris discussed with the Senator how small organisations can survive through the support of Work for the Dole and organisations like MAX employment,” she said.

“Mr Abetz was able to see the opportunities programmes like these create. Our jobseekers demonstrated that they are learning valuable skills like teamwork, problem-solving and application – traits that leave them better placed to find work.”

The Senator also spent some time with staff on the ground to talk though the challenges of the Work for the Dole programme and what the Government is working on to increase employment experiences. MAX Employment Support Services General Manager Sam Brown said Mr Abetz discussed programmes that are currently being workshopped.

“He spoke about the four-week Observe and Learn programme, which is similar to unpaid work experience, and the First Employers program, helping start-up businesses with hiring new employees,”
Ms Brown said.

“Both initiatives are designed to assist jobseekers and employers in finding the right person for the right job.”

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