Finding more jobs for disadvantaged

David Shelton from Community First.
David Shelton from Community First.

Fremantle-based job services provider Community First announced last week they have joined forces with national not-for-profit agent Campbell Page to help more disadvantaged people find a job and keep it.

Unemployment among the disadvantaged has a significant presence in Fremantle, with the organisation helping almost 1200 people in the wider area with its services.

Renamed Community First Campbell Page, executive director David Shelton said the new partnership was an important development for locals who needed help finding work.

‘The metropolitan area is currently facing an unemployment rate of nearly 5 per cent and we are working very hard at helping to place more people in long-term jobs,’ he said.

‘Community First and Campbell Page have been close associates for many years, even considering a potential international partnership back in 2008.

‘The advantages of national scale and resources, with effective management systems and back office efficiencies coupled with strong local knowledge and connections promises a stronger organisation which will deliver better employment outcomes.’

Mr Shelton said most importantly, the partnership was aimed at providing more for locals who need it. ‘It frees up our employment consultants to allow them to spend more time with individual jobseekers, which is of enormous benefit in an individualised program such as this,’ he said.

‘The most effective path out of disadvantage is through employment, it allows people to break free from poverty and provides independence.’

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