Program gives job seekers a go
JOB seekers in Adelaide’s northern suburbs have moved from unemployment to having the skills to work in the retail sector in just six weeks – through a new training program.
The 38 job seekers took part in the Woolworths Fresh 40 program, a pre-employment training initiative to help workers who have battled unemployment because of the global financial downturn.
All participants finished the course and about 60 per cent already have been placed in jobs at Woolworths stores or other organisations, including Drake Foodland stores and the Australian Red Cross.
Federal Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis says the program is one great example of how businesses can work with community groups and government to improve the economic outlook in areas which traditionally have experienced barriers in economic growth.
‘‘When the global financial crisis struck, the Australian Government responded quickly and identified 20 priority employment areas needing extra support and attention, including the Northern and Western Adelaide priority employment area,’’ she says. Fresh 40 was funded by the federal and state governments.