Bridg­ing job bar­ri­ers

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

YOUNG par­ents in Man­durah and Rock­ing­ham will re­ceive one-on-one coach­ing to over­come bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment as part of a trial to tackle wel­fare de­pen­dency.

So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dan Te­han and Can­ning MRH An­drew Hastie launched the Ca­reer Readi­ness for Young Par­ents trial in Man­durah re­cently as part of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s $96.1 mil­lion Try, Test and Learn Fund.

In the trial, around 60 young par­ents will work in groups with a per­sonal ad­vi­sor to ad­dress their bar­ri­ers to work and de­velop their ca­reers. Mr Te­han said par­ents could also gain work ex­pe­ri­ence in ar­eas such as child care and food ser­vice.

“The econ­omy cre­ated more than 1000 jobs a day last year and we want ev­ery Aus­tralian to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­wards em­ploy­ment can pro­vide,’’ he said.

“The ini­tia­tive will trial the im­pacts of tai­lored sup­port that en­ables young par­ents to fo­cus on im­prov­ing their job readi­ness and help­ing their chil­dren.”

The Govern­ment is pro­vid­ing $1 mil­lion to Bridg­ing The Gap to run the trial over 28 months.

BTG chief ex­ec­u­tive Ali­son Palmer said the trial would make a big dif­fer­ence to the lives of young par­ents in Man­durah and Rock­ing­ham.

She said the com­mit­ment to fund­ing in­ten­sive sup­port would help young par­ents with their self-devel­op­ment, health and well-be­ing and ca­reer readi­ness.

This would en­able them to tran­si­tion to mean­ing­ful so­cial and eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Those in Man­durah or Rock­ing­ham in­ter­ested in the pro­gram should con­tact BTG at bridg­ingth­e­ what-we-do.

So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter Dan Te­han talk­ing with staff from Bridg­ing the Gap.

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