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Government funding to match jobseekers with jobs.

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Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Minister for Employment Participation 14 August, 2009

Media release

Government funding to match jobseekers with jobs

Six organisations will share in almost $700,000 funding under round one of the Rudd Government’s $6 million Employer Broker program, Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Arbib, announced today.

Senator Arbib said Employer Brokers will work with employment services to focuss on matching the needs of job seekers with the needs of employers.

“The objective of this program is for Employer Brokers to work with employers in locations experiencing skill or labour shortages and develop solutions to meet employers’ needs,” Senator Arbib said.

“Australia is currently experiencing uncertain economic times, however, at the same time many industries continue to face shortages of appropriately skilled labour.

“The challenge is how to match job seekers with those areas of demand, now and in the future.

“We want to be in the best position possible for when the economy recovers.

“This program will help disadvantaged job seekers, Indigenous Australians and migrants, to gain skills which will help them obtain sustainable employment.”

Senator Arbib praised the creativity of proposed activities and their ability to meet the objectives of the program.

“Many of the proposals pooled a range of services, including providing job seekers with mentoring, training and work experience specifically targeted to the needs of local employers,” Senator Arbib said.

Successful round one projects are:

• Queensland Rural Industry Training Council’s Building People for Building Jobs: Accredited construction training tailored to the needs of the job seeker. These job seekers will be linked to employers in the construction industry in Logan in Queensland.

• Real Corporate Partners’ Connecting Displaced Workers with Jobs in the Logistics Industry: Training, on-site work experience and industry education will be provided to attract displaced workers to logistic and warehousing positions in the Orange region of NSW.

• Queensland Rural Industry Training Council’s Moving Farmhands into Moving Machinery: Training for the long-term unemployed, youth and Indigenous Australians to address the acute shortage of skilled farmhands in Queensland. Job seekers will undertake training to allow them to obtain an operator’s ticket in at least three types of farm machinery. Tailored pre-employment training, including language, literacy and numeracy, will also be provided.

• Limestone Coast Regional Development Board’s Clean Jobs: Support for employers and job seekers to gain the skills and knowledge to develop sustainable agricultural practices. This will focus on dairying, viticulture and broad acre farming in South Australia. This project will simultaneously assist farmers to meet their skills needs and develop and implement environmental management systems.

• ACCES Services’ Rural Employment Assistance Program (REAP) for migrants and refugees: Relocating newly arrived migrants and refugees from high unemployment areas to Biloela, in Queensland, where employers have identified labour and skills shortages. Relocation assistance and accredited training will assist job seekers to find employment in the community care, agriculture and meat and livestock industries.

• Eastern Access Community Health’s Employment in Aged Care sector for jobseekers with a disability: Accredited and on-the-job training and support for job seekers with disability to take up positions in the community care sector in Melbourne.

The Government has allocated $6 million over three years to fund Employer Broker activities.

Further information on the Employer Broker program go to

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