Jobseekers gain employment in the local food industry

Program supports Murraylands community

As part of the Department of State Development’s Jobs First Employment Projects initiative, long-term unemployed jobseekers have gained employment in the Murraylands region.

The Murraylands Food Alliance (MFA) is a collective of the region’s biggest food producers, processors and manufacturers, and received State Government funding to deliver the Jobs 4 Murraylands project.

Commencing in August 2016, the program has had:

  • more than 60 unemployed jobseekers engage in pre-employment training
  • more than 35 participants transition into sustainable employment.

In addition to tailored training, participants attended at least two fitness sessions per week to ensure they were fit for the workplace and developed a healthy body and state of mind.

Jobs First Employment Projects develop individuals’ skills and abilities needed to succeed in work, and assist employers to access work ready employees.

The MFA’s Jobs 4 Murraylands program won the Industry Collaboration Award in the 2017 SA Training Awards that recognise achievement within the State’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. They also won the Adult Learning Program of the Year in the 2017 South Australian Adult Learners’ Week Awards that recognise outstanding achievement in adult learning.

For more information about Jobs First Employment Projects contact the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266.

Image: Program participant Kyle Smith

Author: Kalyvasm
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