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The first Adelaide job seekers to relocate to Perth.



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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation

Mr David Fawcett MP

Federal Member for Wakefield

24 August, 2007

Joint Media Release

The first Adelaide job seekers to relocate to Perth

A group of unemployed job seekers from Northern Adelaide will set off for Perth for new training and then

jobs in the construction industry, Federal Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone said

today.As part of an announcement made in this year’s Budget, around 40 job seekers from Northern Adelaide

will be financially assisted to move to Perth for work. The first group, who fly out from Adelaide for Perth

today, will be trained for work in the construction industry.

"There’s never been a better time to get a job in Australia," Minister Stone said. "But there are pockets of high

unemployment in places like Northern Adelaide, while in regions like Perth, employers are crying out for

willing workers."

"This chance of a new life and great salaries in the construction industry has been made possible through the

Howard Government’s special unemployed relocation programme," Minister Stone said.

Federal Member for Wakefield, David Fawcett said that while his first priority was helping local people into

local jobs, where that wasn’t working out he was keen to see these job seekers given the best chance of work in

Perth.

"Of course it would be great to see these men find work locally, but many of these job seekers have been

unemployed for a few years, and the opportunity they’ve been given in Perth shouldn’t be passed up," Mr

Fawcett said.

"This first group of men, aged between 21 to 44 years, have volunteered to take up these new opportunities

and will begin pre-employment training with Perth-based training organisation called Silver Trowel," Minister

Stone said.

"These job seekers will start their two-week training next week in Perth where they will gain skills in solid

plastering, brick laying, roof tiling and related trades with Silver Trowel. These recruits will then move into

apprenticeships or traineeships in the construction industry and could earn up to $70,000 a year once they’ve

completed their trade training."

Silver Trowel is a Registered Training company who places a steady stream of new workers in the building and

construction industry in Perth. They have already hugely successful in helping to settle many of the first group

who left Coffs Harbour and Nowra for great opportunities in Perth during the pilot stage of this programme.

Salvation Army Employment Plus has won the contract to coordinate the job seekers from Northern Adelaide.

"Employment Plus can use the $5,000 per job seeker to assist with relocation costs of the new recruits, for

example airfares, initial accommodation and the transport of belongings. This support is on top of what’s

already to all long term unemployed who are assisted through Job Network," Minister Stone said.

For further information contact:

Liz Rodway 0421 587 207

David Fawcett's Office - Karen Petney - 0412 154 086