5000 JOBS IN 50 DAYS


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - El­iz­a­beth Col­man

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”.

Do you have a job for a young job­seeker? Or are you looking for one? Email now at 5000jobs@news.com.au and reg­is­ter in the re­ply email.

Jobs Min­is­ter Michaelia Cash.

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