A new program will offer Northern Tasmanian jobseekers a pathway to employment.
The Launceston City Mission's Mission 2 Employment is a 26-week program where participants receive regular sessions with facilitators to develop skills and their employability.
The sessions also included mentor support, assistance with job applications, and a plan to transition into further training or employment.
Chief executive Steve Brown said the program was unique, and provided a more personal approach to jobseekers.
"The program will offer high needs jobseekers a range of intensive personal support services, structured employability, directed assistance and workplace training," he said.
"The program has been designed to leverage from City Mission's social enterprise activities and offers workplace exposure in areas such as logistics, retail, hospitality, recycling, administration and warehousing.
"M2E will also help people develop their literacy and numeracy skills and has a strong focus on re-engaging participants with education".
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Program coordinator Sarah Brooks said there was an increasing number of agencies in the state assisting jobseekers, but the issue was that many had no real experience or employment history.
"M2E has taken a very practical approach to this problem by giving jobseekers valuable workplace experience and training at City Mission," she said.
"Participants will be trained and mentored in skills related to their area of choice and in how to be positive and reliable team members in a workplace.
"Through the program, we hope to collaborate with business partners around Northern Tasmania to organise industry panels where participants have access to industry networks and can learn more about skill needs and shortages".
As part of the program, participants receive:
- Assistance to gain paid employment
- Help in connecting to services to develop their reading, writing, maths, and budgeting skills
- Encouragement and assistance in joining clubs and groups to meet people with similar interests
- Development of resumes and work-ready skills
- Assess to industry networks
Businesses who would like to become involved, or those who would like more information, can contact Ms Brooks on 6335 3033 or visit citymission.org.au.
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