AN initiative between Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) and Communicare is giving job seekers a chance to gain valuable skills and experience while giving back to the community.
The program provides Work for the Dole job seekers with placements of between 15 and 25 hours a week for six months in the hospital’s linen, kitchen and cleaning areas.
RGH patient support services manager Vicki Lea said the initiative was driven by hospital staff wanting to make a difference in the community by providing opportunities to those in need.
“Our hospital has a large role in the community and we felt it was important to reach out and form ongoing partnerships that benefit the broader population,” she said.
“The program benefits everyone as job seekers gain valuable work experience and the hospital receives additional support to provide better care to patients.”
Warnbro resident Christian Klaus was offered casual employment after he took part in the program.
“I had been out of work for some time and was nervous about working again, especially in a new environment,” Mr Klaus said.
“I was grateful to later receive a job offer as it was something that would not have happened if I had not completed my placement at the hospital.”
Communicare chief executive Melissa Perry said it was great to see Mr Klaus’ confidence grow as he developed professional relationships with colleagues and patients.
“The aim of our program is to increase skills of job seekers to match those wanted by employers and give them opportunities to network,” she said.