Work for the Dole job-seekers recently stepped out on the path towards careers.
This is because more non-profit and government organisations are becoming program hosts and giving job-seekers the opportunity to change their lives.
The Whyalla Sport Fishing Club is one such organisation, now hosting 30 people..
Participants are refurbishing the clubrooms, including the deck. The club recently hosted the opening ceremony for the 25th anniversary of the Whyalla Snapper Championships.
The project combines the services of Madec with Workskil Australia, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula and Career Employment Group.
The State Development’s Department’s deputy chief executive, Alexandra Reid, executive director, John King, and Eyre and Western regional manager, Timothy Coote, visited the project after an enthusiastic response from residents.
Workskil Australia chief executive officer Nicole Dwyer said the job-seekers should be proud of their achievements and the contribution they have made.
“The skills these job-seekers have acquired during this project will help to make them a valuable asset to any organisation,” she said.
“For some unemployed people, maintaining the motivation to just get out of bed in the morning can be an enormous challenge.
“Confidence and personal feelings of self-worth can take a battering when you are struggling to find a job. It can become a vicious circle, making it even more difficult to enter the workforce.
“The vast majority of job-seekers are passionate and ambitious about finding employment.
“They are keen to break the unemployment cycle and get hands-on experience to help make them work ready.
“The challenge ahead is to encourage more organisations to become involved with the Work for the Dole program, as the more organisations that engage with job-seekers, the more the community will benefit.”
Work for the Dole is a Federal Government initiative helping job-seekers to learn new skills to find opportunities to enter the workforce.
Activities can include volunteer work with non-profit organisations, or local, state and federal government agencies.