JOBS providers in Logan and Ipswich are piloting new programs aimed at showing how the most disadvantaged jobseekers can become job ready. Both areas have been identified as disadvantaged and contain large numbers of jobseekers with multiple employment barriers.
The pilot projects will serve as models for the way vulnerable jobseekers are helped Australia-wide in the future. The latest ‘‘demonstration pilot’’ project, one of 20 in Australia, is one designed by Sarina Russo Jobs Access at Logan. This follows the Ipswich project announced late last year where Max Employment at Ipswich was given $200,000 funding by Job Services Australia. The Logan initiative involves intensive mentoring and a working partnership with not-for profit organisation Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
It includes plenty of work experience, case management and on-the-job support including mentoring by former Bullets basketballer Andre Moore. Sarina Russo’s national work experience and community engagement manager Denis Albion said the goal-based program was designed specifically for young adults under 25 from non-English speaking backgrounds, single parents and Indigenous Australians.
All of the participants identified by Centrelink have multiple barriers to employment, such as homelessness or drug and alcohol issues. Participants will carry out work experience in ADRA’s workplaces preparing food parcels and working in the opportunity shop. Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis said the project would deliver tailored support for some of the most vulnerable job seekers.
‘‘This is an opportunity to look at how we can do things differently and to encourage innovation,’’ she said.
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