Prom­ise for long- term job­less

Townsville Bulletin - - STATE OF ORIGIN III -

A T O W N S V I L L E - b a s e d com­pany to be launched to­day is seek­ing to pro­vide bet­ter out­comes for the long- term un­em­ployed.

U2E Peo­ple, short for un­em­ployed to em­ployed, is the brain­child of re­cruit­ment pro­fes­sional Ra­bieh Krayem and has the sup­port of en­ter­prises in­clud­ing Townsville City Coun­cil.

“Pos­si­bly the hard­est step for those who have been longterm un­em­ployed is get­ting through the ap­pli­ca­tion process to in­ter­view,” Mr Krayem said.

“At U2E, we work with peo­ple right from the be­gin­ning, as­sess­ing their train­ing needs, help­ing with their re­sumes and ap­pli­ca­tions and pre­par­ing them for in­ter­view and we have al­ready had some suc­cess­ful out­comes lo­cally.”

U2E pro­vides a job­match­ing ser­vice by work­ing as an em­ploy­ment bro­ker for job providers.

They have also part­nered with re­cruit­ment firm The Search Party to pro­vide a free, online jobs board and re­cruit­ment plat­form specif­i­cally fo­cused on longterm un­em­ployed job seek­ers.

“Un­like other online jobs boards which tar­get peo­ple al­ready in work, we are here to give the long- term un­em­ployed a chance to de­velop the skills and con­fi­dence they need to get back to work,” Mr Krayem said.

The com­pany, to be launched by Mayor Jenny Hill to­day, will op­er­ate from premises at Her­mit Park and will be co- lo­cated with hu­man re­sources group Out­come Re­sults.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

BET­TER CHANCES: U2E re­cep­tion­ist Monique Jo­hans­son.

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