Amy Cook, Mardi Liebelt and Jamie-Lee Funnell in the coffee shop at the Hervey Bay Boat Club.
Amy Cook, Mardi Liebelt and Jamie-Lee Funnell in the coffee shop at the Hervey Bay Boat Club. Alistair Brightman

Hervey Bay Boat Club vies for national employer award

HERVEY Bay Boat Club will vie for a national employer award thanks to its aim to hire people with "significant challenges".

The boat club was announced the local winner for the Mission Australia Employment Solutions employer awards this week.

It is now in the running for the national employer award, set to be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney in October.

Mission Australia state director Phil Schultz said the awards were open to businesses that had placed a jobseeker from Mission Australia in the past year.

The boat club employed nine people from Mission Australia and helped them to overcome personal barriers to get back into sustainable employment, Mr Shultz said.

He praised the boat club's contribution to the regional economy and community.

"It was a tough field, but The Hervey Bay Boat Club stood out for its dedication in helping local job seekers turn their lives around," said Mr Schultz.

"For a small business to commit to hiring job seekers with significant challenges - for example, people who'd been out of the workforce for an extended period - and who require extra support, is a powerful gesture and deserves recognition."

"Giving someone a job provides financial security and self-confidence; it also produces a tremendously positive ripple effect for families and the broader community."



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