TasCOSS MEDIA RELEASE: Job Ready Fund to provide Tasmanian job seekers with practical support to enter the workforce

Sunday 6 June 2021

Today’s announcement by the State Government to partner with Searson Buck to provide Tasmanians with the essential tools and accreditation they need in order to gain meaningful, secure employment will be of great benefit to job seekers looking for a way into the workforce.

TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone said it was pleasing to see the much needed investment in Tasmanians looking for work.

“Overwhelmingly, what we’re hearing on the ground is Tasmanians want to work,” said Ms Picone.

“The pandemic showed up our historical overreliance on casual and precarious employment in industries such as tourism and hospitality and this had a flow on impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing as Tasmanians felt the strain on household budgets.

“Now we have the opportunity to equip job seekers with what they need to enter the jobs market of tomorrow in growth industries such as community services and construction.”

Ms Picone said the fund would enable Tasmanians looking for work as well as trainees and apprentices to get the relevant tools, licences and accreditation they required free of charge, such as Working with Vulnerable People registration, essential trade-specific tools, equipment and worksite clothing.

“Removing cost barriers for Tasmanians looking for work will go a long way to boosting workforce participation rates,” she said.

The Local Jobs for Local People package also includes a number of important initiatives that will link in job seekers with employers and training providers, including an expansion of the highly successful Jobs Hub model and the Youth Connectors pilot program.

“We know that local communities are best equipped to support Tasmanians into work. They have the know-how, the connections and existing relationships. As we recover from the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic, empowering communities to support their own is critical. 

“Meaningful, secure employment enables Tasmanians to provide for themselves and their families and contributes to positive self-worth. All Tasmanians should be afforded this opportunity as we seek to build-back a stronger, more inclusive state.”

For more information or to arrange an interview with TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone:

  • Cameron Allen, 0419 769 253 or via email.