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Supporting job seekers in Noarlunga

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Supporting job seekers in Noarlunga Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP Member for Kingston Parliamentary Secretary for Disability and Carers Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

7 May 2013

More than six hundred job seekers have been equipped with tips and tools at workshops in Noarlunga to support their goal of securing employment.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas today attended a Job Seeker Workshop, which have been operating since May last year, meeting with locals and discussing their job search challenges and opportunities.

"It can be hard finding and applying for jobs, particularly if you've not had to do it in a while," Senator McLucas said.

"These workshops are about equipping local job seekers with the tools and advice they need to find and keep a job.

"This may include practical support like tailoring a job seekers' resume according to different industries. It may also entail supporting participants into training or study opportunities."

"We want to support people through what can be a difficult and daunting time as they get back into a job and back into participating fully in our community."

Member for Kingston, Amanda Rishworth said feedback from past attendees has been positive.

Ms Rishworth said "I am very pleased that local job seekers here in the South have access to the support they need to secure employment.

"Through these workshops job seekers are well supported and encouraged to explore a range of employment and training options at the workshops.

"Facilitators cover a wide range of topics including local labour market opportunities, job search techniques, skills that are in demand locally and support services available."

"Staff are also available after the workshop to work with individuals to ensure local job seekers are receiving all the Centrelink services and payments and services they are entitled to."

Senator McLucas also reminded local seekers about a series of innovations from the Australian Labor Government that are making things easier for Australians to connect with Centrelink support and services.

"Job seekers are out an about a lot, going to interviews, up-skilling and undertaking further training.

"We know people are busy so we've introduced a range of apps to make it easier for people to conduct their Centrelink business, wherever they are and at any time of day or night.

Express Plus mobile apps can be used by job seekers to update contact details, view payments and transaction history and upload documents.

"It is like having a service centre on your mobile."

Noarlunga is one of two sites in South Australia that run Job Seeker Workshops and one of 40 around the country.

The workshops are designed to assist people receiving a Centrelink job seeker payment who have been assessed as job ready during their first thirteen weeks of unemployment.