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Additional assistance for parents heading back to work.

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Press Release Ref: 1501 Published: 13/5/2005 Title: Additional assistance for parents heading back to work

Parents in Eden-Monaro who want to get back into the workforce have been given assistance through the approval of an additional 19 Transition to Work places allocated in the Illawarra and South-East NSW area.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn said the Transition to Work programme has been successful in increasing workforce participation, particularly for parents who have been out of the workforce for a period of time.

“The programme offers tailored services to parents, mature-aged people aged over 50 and carers who are starting work for the first time or are returning to work after an absence of two years or more,” Mr Nairn said.

“Transition to Work helps people improve their confidence and skills to make that return to the workplace easier. Having a job allows a person to play a more active role in our society.

Just over half of the Transition to Work participants are in employment or undertaking further studies three months after completing the programme. The additional places demonstrate the Australian Government’s commitment to helping more people, with the capacity to work, return to the workforce.

“1.6 million jobs have been created since 1996 and keeping our workforce participation high into the future will ensure Australia’s economic prosperity can continue,” Mr Nairn said.

Since it was created in 2002, the Transition to Work programme has provided assistance to over 33,000 people.

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