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TWO senior ministers have recalled their first jobs waiting tables and stocking shelves as they praised a News Corp Australia campaign to help a new generation get into the workforce.
The campaign, launched this week, aims to find 5000 jobs in 50 days for first-time job seekers, as well as building awareness of youth unemployment, which at 13 per cent is more than twice that of the general labour force. Michaelia Cash, the Federal Minister for Em- ployment, and State Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian commended the initiative and called for employers to get behind it.
“The innovative campaign will result in a meaningful and significant change to the lives of thousands of Australians who will move into the workforce and receive all of the benefits that come with gainful employment,” Senator Cash said.
She remembered how she was given a start in the hospitality industry.
“My first job was to wait tables at the Burswood Casino, back in the days when a dinner and a show was the ‘thing to do’ on weekends. It was a fantastic entry level position that taught me a lot about working life.”
Senator Cash added that the Government has announced a Youth Jobs PaTH program to give young Australians a foothold in the workplace.
Ms Berejiklian, whose first job was as a shop assistant, also welcomed the 5000 jobs in 50 days drive.
“The NSW Government is working hard to grow employment opportunities for young people so it is great to also see organisations and employers taking positive action to make a real difference,” she said.
“My first job was as a retail assistant in a gift shop in Top Ryde while I was still in high school – I spent most of my time putting stock out on the floor. It taught me the importance of good customer service.”
While boasting of NSW’s job creation record, Ms Berejiklian added that “we know there are pockets of challenge … particularly when it comes to youth employment”.
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Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash.