Minister for Social Services the Hon. Scott Morrison MP announces funding for training of job seekers
The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Social Services, and Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis MP, visited three Work for the Dole activities in Port Kembla, NSW on Wednesday and announced funding for local training programs for job seekers.
The Minister visited the Work for the Dole host, Hope Centre Food Barn, where three activities were set up in conjunction with MAX Solutions Work for the Dole Coordinator Gary Hanes.
“MAX and the Hope Centre Food Barn have worked extensively together over the past five years, creating activities for local job seekers to develop work-like skills and increase their chances of employment.
“The centre has a dedicated Training Program, True Steel, which works to upskill and prepare job seekers aged 18-24 for employment in local businesses,” Gary said.
The Hope Centre Food Barn is the largest food rescue and not-for-profit supermarket organisation in New South Wales. The organisation gives the local community access to cheap groceries in a modern, large supermarket shop floor.
It was the organisation’s True Steel training program that was the focal point of the Minister’s visit, where he announced additional funding for the program in order to build an on-site training room and continue the program for another two years.
“We were all thrilled with the announcement. The training program achieved an 80% placement rate for young job seekers in the pilot phase. Thanks to the funding it’s set to place many more job seekers,” Gary said.
Minister Morrison visited the Food Rescue, Community Drag Car and Welfare Meals activities at the Hope Centre Food Barn, where job seekers were learning skills suited to retail, mechanics, hospitality and food handling positions.