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New Work for the Dole activities in New England electorate.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Senator for NSW


Job seekers in the New England will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience from new Work for the Dole projects, NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald has announced.

Over 700 new Work for the Dole activities began nationwide in July 2007, offering around 10 200 opportunities for job seekers to gain employment experience.

The new Work for the Dole activities for New England will be run through Community Work Coordinators (CWCs) such as JobLink Plus, Best Employment Ltd and Tursa Employment and Training, and incorporate a variety of skills including administration, construction, hospitality and maintenance.

“I encourage potential Work for the Dole participants to contact these Community Work Coordinators direct for further information,” Senator Macdonald said.

New England CWCs are contactable on the following numbers:

• Best Employment Ltd: 02 6722 2498

• Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust: 02 6766 6887

• Tursa Employment and Training: 02 6622 4830

• JobLink Plus: 02 6766 2355 (Tamworth), 02 6771 5380 (Armidale), 02 6722 4724 (Inverell)

“Work for the Dole activities are designed to provide job seekers with experience in areas where skills demand is highest, and also give employers who are experiencing workforce shortages access to a greater pool of potential employees.”

“I commend the local CWCs and activity sponsors who have taken these worthwhile projects on board to bring benefits to job seekers and their communities within the New England electorate.”

By undertaking a Work for the Dole placement, job seekers are eligible to qualify for training credits of up to $800, which can be used to build and extend the valuable work skills they gain through the programme.

“Since its introduction in 1997, over 590 000 unemployed Australians have participated in over 34 000 Work for the Dole activities nationwide,” Senator Macdonald said.