A LOCAL employment and training body is in the right frame of mind to coordinate the new Work for the Dole program.
On Friday Member for Page Kevin Hogan announced that Tursa Employment & Training has been selected to deliver the new Work for the Dole coordinator services in Page.
"From July 1 the government has rolled out new Work for the Dole arrangements for job seekers aged 18-30 in Page," he said.
"Tursa Employment & Training has been selected as the organisation to help grow Work for the Dole activities in our local area.
"The Government is committed to a reinvigorated Work for the Dole program, which helps young job seekers remain active and engaged while looking for work while at the same time giving something back to the community that supports them".
Tursa general manager Debbie Fry has been a vocal supporter of the program.
"Work for the Dole bridges the gap between being on unemployment benefits and getting into the workforce," Ms Fry told The Daily Examiner last month.
"For young people who've never had a job before it's their first experience of work.
"When it's your first time in work you have to learn skills like punctuality, teamwork, communication skills and getting on with people.
"It also allows young people to get local references they're able to use with local employers."
Ms Fry is on record saying criticism of previous Work for the Dole programs were misplaced.
"In my experience we work alongside clients in Work for the Dole," she said.
"While they're getting work experience we can be marketing them to potential employers."
Mr Hogan echoed Ms Fry's statements.
"Work for the Dole gives job seekers the opportunity to learn new skills and demonstrate to potential employers that they are keen and willing to work," he said.
"Our new Work for the Dole program will include a mix of individual and group based projects in community organisations such as not for profit organisations and local councils.
"Tursa Employment & Training will serve as the first point of contact for organisations in Page wishing to be involved in Work for the Dole and help match job seekers to available places.
"I strongly believe that the best form of welfare is a job. The worst thing we can do as a Government and as a nation is to allow our young people to drift into welfare dependency.
"The Government is supporting young job seekers through the new Job Commitment Bonus that provides a financial bonus to young job seekers who move off welfare and stay in a job and investing $5.1 billion in a new employment services system."