The Coalition Government has launched a new National Work Experience Programme to help job seekers gain valuable work experience.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that the programme aims to build the confidence and real life work experience of job seekers and prepare them to meet the expectations of employers.
“The National Work Experience Programme will allow job seekers in Pearce to connect with real jobs,” Mr Porter said.
“This initiative will be particularly beneficial to young job seekers in our community who have struggled to access employment or the experience necessary to help close the gap between looking for work and getting into a job.”
Employer surveys have demonstrated that insufficient work experience prevents many job seekers, especially young job seekers, from getting and keeping a job.
Mr Porter said that work experience teaches job seekers about workplace expectations, and allows them to demonstrate their commitment to work as well as providing an opportunity to learn some practical skills.
“The programme will give job seekers in Pearce the opportunity to experience a placement in a work-like role so they can showcase their skills to a potential employer,” he said.
“Participating in work experience also provides a valuable opportunity for personal development, which can help in future job applications and interviews.
“I encourage anyone trying to enter the job market to consider the benefits of work experience and strongly consider making the most of the opportunities this programme presents.”
Eligible job seekers will be able to volunteer to undertake work experience in businesses for up to 25 hours per week for up to four weeks.
“Importantly, participants will continue to receive their income support payment while in an unpaid placement together with a supplement to assist with the costs of participation,” Mr Porter said.
In an initiative which aims to facilitate a transition into a paid role, employers who go on to offer a young person paid employment after their placement may be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to $6,500 over 12 months.
More information about the programme can be accessed via: http://jobactive.gov.au/