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Job ready connections for Beenleigh locals

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Job ready connections for Beenleigh locals Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

14 June 2013

Jobseekers in Brisbane's south east can look forward to a comprehensive employment service under the one roof as the Local Connections to Work initiative opens at the Beenleigh Service Centre today.

Officially opening the new service, the Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas said that she was looking forward to seeing the program deliver the same great results as it had already achieved around the country.

"Local Connections to Work is about breaking down the barriers to finding work and providing ready access to a range of local services. People get the help they need, all in the one place," Senator McLucas said.

"In 14 locations around the country, Local Connections to Work has already helped more than 6,800 jobseekers and disadvantaged youth find work or training.

"Employment providers and a variety of local service representatives work in the one spot in coordination with Department of Human Services staff, so we can make the process of becoming job-ready a much simpler one.

"Local Connections to Work will offer a range of services to help job seekers find work-this could be through support from local services such as housing, mental health, education, training, and financial counselling."

Michelle Lees from the Department of Human Services said that the initiative had been welcomed by employment providers and local services alike.

"Local services and employment providers are on board with this initiative as they can see the benefits it will bring to local residents. For example, Local Connections in Ipswich has already helped more than 700 jobseekers to find work or training," Ms Lees said.

"It's inspiring to see young people transformed through the program. For example, I know of one young person who had never worked and entered the program facing health difficulties. He was referred to health assistance and supported by the team to complete training and work experience.

"This individual's life has been turned around by the help he received and he is now employed full time by a local employer."

The Labor Government's economic plan through the Global Financial Crisis and beyond has meant that more than 960,000 jobs have been created since 2007.

This is a record of job creation that Australians can be proud of, achieved during a period of very difficult global circumstances and a consistently high Australian dollar.

Today's opening represents just another part of the Government's plan to secure jobs and growth for the benefit all Australians.