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Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie was joined at the Hope Shop in Port Macquarie by the Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker to launch the new Work for the Dole Coordinator service for the Mid-North Coast.

Local firm, Tursa Employment and Training, has been selected as the local Work for the Dole Coordinator and will help drive the roll-out of the new programme across the region.

“Work for the Dole is a key component of the Coalition Government’s new $5 billion jobactive employment service,” Dr Gillespie said.

“Work for the Dole allows job seekers to learn new skills and remain active and engaged in their local community while they look for work.

“The benefits of the Work for the Dole programme are clearly on display at the Hope Shop.

“Over the past 12 months, Work for the Dole participants at the Hope Shop have been involved in a range of activities including customer service, hospitality, graphic design, furniture repairs, warehousing and operating an eBay store.

“In addition to learning new skills, job seekers have helped to raise funds to support local welfare activities such as a Women’s Refuge, drug and alcohol counselling, emergency relief and emergency housing services.

“Work for the Dole is helping to open doors for job seekers while at the same time allowing them to give something back to the community that supports them,” Dr Gillespie said.

Minister Hartsuyker said the role of the Work for the Dole Coordinator is to work with
not-for-profit organisations, charities, local councils and state government agencies to create work experience opportunities for local job seekers.

“Work for the Dole can be conducted on an individual or group basis, depending on the needs of the host organisation.

“The Work for the Dole Coordinator is there to help interested organisations to develop proposals and to connect job seekers with opportunities.

“Our new jobactive employment services then provide on the ground assistance to ensure that the Work for the Dole activity is a success for all parties.

“I encourage any local community organisation that is interested in helping local job seekers to improve their job prospects through Work for the Dole to contact Tursa,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

For more information please visit www.employment.gov.au.

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