The work-for-dole scheme launched on July 1 to mixed reviews. The scheme requires unemployed people under the age of 30 to do 25 hours of unpaid labour a week for six months. The jobless will also be asked to apply for 40 jobs a month, double the current requirement.
IAN PALMER of the Schools Industry Partnership (pictured) tells us what he really thinks of the program:
■ Helps to re-establish a work routine;
■ Helps job seekers to gain work experience and general employability skills;
■ Expands personal networks and contacts for jobhunting;
■ Some jobseekers will work their way into a job opening if available;
■ Supports charities and community service objectives;
■ Smokes out the small percentage of unemployed that are rorting the system; and
■ Builds local communities.
■ Work-for-the-dole should be part of a far more comprehensive jobs plan and a renewed focus on helping employers be youth friendly;
■ Limited, if any, vocational skills development designed into the program. Too much depends on the goodwill of host charities;
■ Unlike private enterprise, charities and government departments have limited job opportunities;
■ Can be dispiriting if placements lack training, meaningful and real work tasks, or direct employment potential;
■ Work-for-the-dole attempts to remediate job skills after the fact, rather than preventing the young person from falling into unemployment in the first place; and
■ Work-for-the-dole is too short. It takes a year or more of stable employment to break the long term unemployment cycle. Better to use work-for-the-dole as six months of pre-employment and training that is then credited into a paid traineeship with a real employer.
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