Help on the way for young Charters Towers job seekers


Young people in Charters Towers struggling to find work are set to benefit with local service provider Workways Australia Ltd funded in the second round of the Coalition Government’s Transition to Workservice.

Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said Workways Australia Ltd is one of 19 organisations across the country that will be engaged locally to help young people disengaged from work or study at long term risk of welfare dependence.

“This is great news for all those young people in Charters Towers who have either been struggling to enter the workforce, or unsure of what path to take,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Particularly in regional areas, there can often be a number of barriers for young people looking for employment, so any assistance to become work-ready and reduce their risk of long-term unemployment is helpful,” Senator Macdonald said

The Transition to Work service aims to improve the readiness of young people aged 15-21 and help them into work or education and is part of the Australian Government’s Youth Employment Strategy.

Over the next four years, the Government is investing $322 million in this service in an effort to target young people considered most at risk of long-term unemployment, including early school leavers, disengaged youth and jobactive referrals.

“The best form of welfare is a job, and it’s a critical first step that young people are well-equipped and supported when making the next move into the workforce.” 

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