Work for the Dole provides free labor for local not-for-profits
OUT of work youths like Ashneel Dutt are getting a second chance to prove themselves in the tough job market through the Work for the Dole.
Not-for-profit organisations, such as churches and museums, are starting to make good use of the pool of free workers at their disposal.
Down at the Dalby Chamber of Commerce, 10 WFD workers are clocking in office hours, giving them the experience they need to get off welfare and into regular employment.
Ashneel, who has been seen around town delivering flyers and running errands for the Chamber, has managed to secure two interviews through his experience so far.
The Fijian national, who arrived in 2006, said it was the second time he had been unemployed for more than a few weeks, and that he was determined to make a fresh start as a diesel mechanic.
Others are doing desk work, helping organise a new tourism initiative.
By bringing all the existing information about the Western Downs’ tourist information into a single document, and organising contact information for the Chamber, they are doing a service for the community as well as up-skilling themselves for future employment.