Work for the Dole will help address high unemployment: Pitt
HINKLER MP Keith Pitt says he's been fighting to get Work for the Dole established in the electorate to help address the region's high unemployment rate.
Queensland Government figures from March 2014 show Wide Bay has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the state with 10,100 people out of work, according to the Queensland Government.
"I'm extremely pleased Bundaberg and Hervey Bay have been selected," Mr PItt said.
"Work for the Dole was a huge success in Hinkler when it was in place under the Howard Government."
Mr Pitt insists there will be no Work for the Dole placements in the private sector. Instead, places will be in not-for-profit organisations, local councils and federal and state government agencies.
Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss said the program would help people to transition from welfare to work by giving young people the experience they needed to make them job ready.
"The program encourages the participants to demonstrate the qualities and attributes that employers look for, and will help them to become productive and valued employees," he said.
"The Work for the Dole program will complement and enhance the work that is done by the host employer and it is not permitted to replace paid work.
"The program will help to build the skills base in the region by providing people with practical opportunities to participate in employment.
The scheme will deliver projects in the area that otherwise would not have happened."
State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said Work for the Dole participants helped to build the footpaths and walkways along the town's esplanade.
"I was mayor at the time, and saw firsthand how the program helped build self-confidence," he said.