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Work for the Dole activity a "success in action"

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42 Work for the Dole participants from throughout the region have learned new building skills and will celebrate their achievements at a graduation ceremony in Bundaberg today. Member for Hinkler Paul Neville, representing Minister for Workforce Participation Peter Dutton at today’s ceremony, will offer his sincere congratulations to those who helped throughout the “Success in Action” activity. “Participants have picked up new skills in building, using specialised tools, fencing, carpentry and landscaping, all of which will prove invaluable to finding employment. They should rightly be proud of their efforts,” he said. The Australian Government provided funding of $95,315 for the Success in Action activity which was coordinated and sponsored by Skill Centred Queensland. The activity was conducted at multiple host sites covering Bundaberg, Childers, Eidsvold, Gin Gin, Monto and South Kolan with the focus on teaching participants skills related to the building industry. Mr Neville said of the 42 participants who successfully completed this Work for the Dole activity, 18 went into full-time or part-time work and another 2 went onto further education. “34 of the participants obtained training credits as a result of undertaking this activity and 6 participants gained their Construction Occupational Health and Safety Card (Blue Card),” he said. “Work for the Dole gives job seekers a chance to get some work experience while doing something worthwhile for their community.” “These activities provide facilities and services to local communities and participants meet their mutual obligation by doing a placement while earning benefits like Training Credits and receiving a Passport to Employment.” Work for the Dole provides a unique work experience to many thousands of unemployed Australians each year - since the Coalition Government introduced Work for the Dole in 1997, there have been over 300,000 work experience opportunities provided and more than 19,000 activities have benefited communities across Australia. The Graduation Ceremony will take place at midday today, Friday January 21, at Skill Centred Queensland - 42B1 Woondooma Street, Bundaberg