Bolstering partnerships to support vulnerable jobseekers

Roger Jaensch,Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth

The Tasmanian Liberal Government continues to support crucial partnerships with community-based organisations to deliver more training and pathways for vulnerable jobseekers.

The 2022-23 budget is strengthening the future of all Tasmanians and that is why it includes funding for the Fit For Work program in Burnie, Troublesmiths, Dress for Success, Hamlet and the Pathways from School to Work program.

We are investing $332,000 over two years in Youth Family Community Connections’ (YFCC) Fit for Work program.

The program aims to increase the work readiness of long-term unemployed youth, aged 16 to 25, by supporting them to address significant barriers in their lives and enable them to focus on pathways to training, education or employment.

Operating in Devonport since 2020, this funding will support the program’s expansion into the Burnie region through the employment of a full-time Project Worker who will support 25 participants over six to 12 months.

Hobart not-for-profit Dress for Success will receive $300,000 over two years for its new Pilot Returnship Program which will support women to re-engage and re-enter the workforce. Employers will also receive assistance to ensure the employees are supported on their return to work.

Our Government is also investing $370,000 over two years into Hamlet, a social enterprise that assists Tasmanian job seekers facing barriers into employment by giving them job-ready training and experience at Hamlet Café and Hamlet Catering Co.

There is also $200,000 for National Disability Services to deliver a new disability employment pilot program, Pathways from School to Work. This is another program focused on empowering participants ensuring more Tasmanians can grasp the opportunities to get into work.

Workskills Troublesmiths program will receive $650,000 over two years to continue its lifechanging social enterprise program that helps youth at risk of long-term unemployment to reach their potential.

The seven-week program gives participants hands-on work experience in the workshop and retail space, one-on-one coaching, employability skills workshops, and tailored support into employment.

This funding will bolster the Hobart operations and allow the program to expand into Glenorchy by ensuring more Tasmanians are given the chance to get a job and enter the workforce.

Our Government is delivering for all Tasmanians by supporting community organisations that ensure more job seekers are given the chance to upskill or enter the workforce.

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