Helping unemployed gain work experience
Carinity Aged Care – Shalom has partnered with Community Solutions Rockhampton to provide vital work experience to local work-for-the-dole participants and get them “job ready”.
Shalom Residential Manager Margaret Eather said she jumped at the opportunity to help local people when contacted last year about providing work experience as part of the national program.
“Carinity decided to run it on a trial basis and it was a roaring success. We’re about to have a second group start this month,” she said.
“Our focus is on improving hospitality and healthcare skills which can be used to do further vocational training”.
“We also provide a reference for each candidate which helps when applying for work.”
Participants commit to 15 hours per week of work experience in an area of their choice for six months, unless they gain permanent employment. They also receive a transport allowance.
Samantha Hardy has been working at Shalom for almost six months to gain experience in hospitality.
“I had been looking after my son and when he started school it was time for me to return to work. I wasn’t very confident in my abilities when I started but I feel I have the skills needed to work in hospitality,” Samantha said.
Samantha is currently looking for hospitality employment in the Rockhampton area. If you can help with employment, give Carinity Aged Care – Shalom a call on 07 4923 9500.
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