Mandurah: Federal Govt announces Employment Facilitator to help unemployed find work

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie. Picture: Jon Hewson
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie. Picture: Jon Hewson

THE Federal Government has announced funding for an Employment Facilitator for Mandurah to provide intensive support to local people looking for employment or training opportunities.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie and Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the Employment Facilitator would be critical in helping those affected by the transitioning WA economy.

Ms Cash said the Mandurah community was incredibly resilient but the Government recognised it needed “extra assistance to negotiate the transition period’’.

“The Coalition believes the best form of welfare is a job but we also recognise the Peel region requires additional, targeted assistance and we are ensuring this on-the-ground support is delivered,” she said.

Mandurah has continued to show a high degree of labour market disadvantage, with an unemployment rate that has increased from 9.7 per cent in April 2016 to 10.3 per cent in April 2017, well above the national rate of 5.7 per cent.

The Employment Facilitator would work with local job active providers, employers and training services to ensure workers had the skills needed to re-enter the workforce along with opportunities for retraining and further education.

Mr Hastie said he looked forward to the appointment and hoped local workers would take advantage of the Facilitator’s local knowledge and experience.

“An Employment Facilitator will be a very valuable and accessible on-the ground resource,’’ he said.

“The Government’s immediate priority is to ensure local workers affected by WA’s transitioning economy receive fast, comprehensive support to get back into the workforce as quickly as possible.”

An Employment Facilitator will be appointed from August 1 for three years with a tender process now underway to find a suitable appointee.

The Employment Facilitator will join other Department of Employment programs in the region, including six job active providers, a Work for the Dole co-ordinator and a Transition to Work provider.

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