JOBACTIVE: Impact general manager operations Steve Beer. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
JOBACTIVE: Impact general manager operations Steve Beer. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

New initiative to help Bundaberg job seekers

BUNDABERG jobseekers will be provided with more opportunities to find work under a new Australian Government initiative.

Jobactive was launched across the nation yesterday through CoAct, Australia's largest NFP member organisation of government service providers.

According to Bundaberg Impact general manager of operations Steve Beer, the program will not only assist people looking for work but will also help employers find suitable staff.

"This is different compared to previous programs because there is now the emphasis of working with the potential employer as well," Mr Beer said.

The network of Jobactive organisations across Australia, including Impact, will help employers find staff for their business, at no charge to them. These organisations will screen candidates to ensure they meet an employer's business needs.

"It's about identifying what their needs are and perhaps what sort of training might be suitable so we can train the job seekers so they will have the skills to move into those potential vacancies," Mr Beer said.

Employers will have access to wage subsidies for young people, mature age people, indigenous people and long term unemployed people to take on job seekers and provide job specific training where needed.

There are also tailored online services available to employers which will enable them to fast-track advertising and manage vacancies, find and manage suitable candidates and connect with Jobactive organisations.

"This is about up skilling people and assisting people currently using Centrelink to get back into the workforce. It's about finding suitable candidates for the jobs that are out there," Mr Beer said.

In addition to Jobactive, the government's Restart, Job Commitment Bonus and Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job initiatives provide additional opportunities for Australians who are able to work and for employers looking for new staff.

For more information about Jobactive visit http://www.employment.gov.au/jobactive



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