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Young job seekers in Dunkley to benefit from new Work for the Dole programme

Local Federal MP, Bruce Billson, today announced young job seekers in Dunkley are set to benefit from new arrangements under the Coalition Government’s Work for the Dole programme.

Dunkley has been selected as one of 18 areas across Australia to help job seekers remain active and engaged while looking for work.

I am a firm believer that your postcode doesn’t determine your potential and this programme is a great opportunity to encourage more people to enter the workforce and take a step toward achieving their full potential.

The Government’s reinvigorated Work for the Dole programme will give all participants in Seaford, Langwarrin, Frankston, Mount Eliza, Mornington, parts of Baxter and Skye a chance to have a go, develop their workplace know-how, broaden their network and learn new skills.

18 to 30 year olds in Dunkley who have been unemployed for twelve months or more and are receiving Newstart and/or Youth Allowance will be required to participate in the Work for the Dole programme in 2014/15.

From 1 July 2014 participants will complete around 15 hours per week for six months in a work-like environment.

We believe that all Australians capable of working should be working, earning, learning or working for the dole to help build confidence and self-worth.

The Work for the Dole programme is an important part of the Government’s plan to help young job seekers gain the skills and experience they need to move from welfare to work and make a positive contribution to their local community.

It keeps job seekers engaged, active and helps to build our local economy.

The Government would appoint a Work for the Dole Coordinator for Dunkley with tenders to be called this week.

These Coordinators play a vital role in identifying local organisations willing to host a Work for the Dole place.

The Coordinators will also connect those organisations with employment-service providers in the area.

Work for the Dole places will be sourced in not-for-profit organisations, local councils and federal and state government agencies.