Sec­ond-hand shop gives job seek­ers first-class skills

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

The Ash­bur­ton Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion is help­ing job­seek­ers back into the work­force through its Job Ready Pro­gram at the new op shop which opened in Tom Price last week.

The shop em­ploys a paid ac­tiv­ity su­per­vi­sor and six job­seek­ers who op­er­ate the store while de­vel­op­ing valu­able em­ploy­ment skills.

It has been mod­elled on the AAC Op Shop in New­man which has ex­pe­ri­enced great suc­cess since open­ing in May.

AAC ac­tiv­ity of­fi­cer Jo­lene Bur­nett said the pro­gram was de­vel­op­ing vol­un­teers’ skills and ex­pe­ri­ence so they were ready to be em­ployed full-time in the com­mu­nity as jobs be­came avail­able.

“Our job­seek­ers have come in to set the shop up, put the fur­ni­ture to­gether, washed the clothes, and sorted do­na­tion boxes all be­fore our grand open­ing on Mon­day,” she said.

The op shop is on Boon­deroo Road, Tom Price. For in­for­ma­tion, call Jodie Smith on 91881357 or visit http://ash­bur­­seek­ers.

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