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Child care activity nominated for Prime Minister's Achievement Award.

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Child care activity nominated for Prime Minister's Achievement Award The Lady Gowrie Child Care Centre in North Carlton has been nominated for a Work for the Dole Achievement Award.  The Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard MP, will present the awards to successful nominees in Canberra on 28 March 2001. The awards recognise outstanding contributions by unemployed people, local communities and others involved in Work for the Dole work experience during 2000.

Lady Gowrie Child Care was nominated for its highly successful Work for the Dole activity which gives unemployed people work experience in childcare centres across Melbourne.  Participants receive training in all aspects of childcare.  They were placed in positions with centres based on their skills, experience and training.  They were monitored and supported as their work experience progresses.  Centres use participants in a variety of positions to provide additional support to staff and children. This enabled a higher quality of care, better planning and more individualised support arrangements for children as well as quality work experience for participants.

The Minister for Employment Services, the Hon Mal Brough MP, said he was pleased with the large number of high quality nominations for the achievement awards.

“The Government’s strong support for Work for the Dole is based on our knowledge this programme gives job seekers real work experience and has a positive impact on many participants lives,” Mal Brough said.

“These awards recognise outstanding contributions by unemployed people taking part in the programme, their supervisors, managing organisations and volunteer bodies who support Work for the Dole projects in local communities.”

There are four Work for the Dole award categories - best participant; best supervisor; best activity; and best contribution to Work for the Dole activities by community volunteers.

The awards will be presented at a dinner hosted by Mr Brough in the Great Hall of Parliament House.  Attending the function will be unemployed people who have participated in Work for the Dole, coordinators of Work for the Dole activities, supervisors of projects and community representatives.


For further information contact:

Sasha Pendal 02 6277 7540