The Morrison Government is providing an additional $1.3 million to support vulnerable, older unemployed women in Sydney, including those who have experienced domestic violence or are living in refuges to help them rebuild their lives and secure long-term employment.
Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, said the funding would go to the Two Good Foundation’s Work Work project which provides paid on-the-job training as kitchen assistants.
“The Two Good Foundation developed the Work Work project, which provides women with a minimum of 12 weeks paid on the job training, while also providing pre-vocational and hospitality training,” Minister Ruston said.
“The program also increases future employment opportunities by offering courses in resume writing and interview preparation, as well as providing referrals to counselling or support services they may require.
“This additional funding will allow the Work Work project to support at least 38 women into employment.
“We know that for many vulnerable and older women, seeking employment can be difficult and this program is one of the many ways our Government is supporting them to secure employment and boost their confidence.
Federal Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, said the program will not only help vulnerable women get back into the workforce, but it will also help them participate in the community and provide long term employment opportunities
“The Morrison Government is committed to supporting Australians that are more at risk of long-term unemployment such as carers, young parents, migrants and refugees, older unemployed people and women,” Mr Sharma said.
“That’s why our Government’s priority is providing targeted and individualised support to meet the needs of jobseekers and employers.
“We will continue to work in partnership with our communities to improve local employment opportunities and achieve positive outcomes for children and families.”
Founder and CEO the Two Good Foundation, Rob Caslick, said the initiative had a high success rate of graduating women from their program.
“Because of this significant contribution we will be able to support, train and employ additional women over the next 18 months,” Mr Caslick said.
“Employment is a remarkable tool for rediscovering self-worth and reconnecting with the community.”
The funding builds on the Morrison Government’s $103.8 million investment in the Try, Test and Learn Fund since 2016 which provides support to projects that have demonstrated success in helping people into employment and off welfare.
Only the Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for Australians, and this is part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.