Back to Work has launched a new initiative that creates community based jobs for people who are struggling to find work.
The Community Jobs Fund will fully fund up to six months wages for young or long term jobseekers employed by a charity or organisation which has provided a role offering a clear benefit to the community.
The Social Security Minister, Senator Francis Le Gresley, said that one of the major sticking points for young people who had not worked before was that they did not have the skills and experience that employers needed. “This project will answer part of that need by providing the means for a jobseeker to get experience while doing a job with a real value and earning a wage rather than receiving Income Support,” said Senator Le Gresley.
“The central aim of all Back to Work’s initiatives is to provide ways for people who need work to access new opportunities. Not only does the Community Jobs Fund go some way to answering this need, it also provides the wider benefit that charities and organisations can get going with projects which may otherwise never have happened due to a lack of resources,” he said.
The Community Jobs Fund will provide funding for 50 positions of up to six months paid at the minimum wage. Organisations applying for positions using the fund will be able to select candidates who are aged 16 – 24 who have been unemployed for six months or more or jobseekers of any age who have been unemployed for a year or more. Back to Work will assist with all aspects of recruitment but the decision about who to recruit will lie with the employer.
Organisations are now being invited to apply by providing details of the role they would like to create and how the community would benefit as a result. Examples of roles which could be considered include a fundraising assistant with a charity or a painter, gardener and maintenance assistant of community buildings.
Back to Work will be holding a breakfast briefing on 11 September 2013 at 8 am at the Pomme d’Or Hotel for any organisation which wants to find out more about the fund and how to apply.
Employers who want to find out more about the Community Jobs Fund or book a place at the breakfast briefing can call 447301 or email email@example.com.