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Jason working at Lifeline

Lismore local Jason Hicks wasn’t expecting much when he started his work experience activity as part of the Work for the Dole (WfD) program, but now, three months later – he has the desire and motivation to kick start his own career.

According to Jason he was unemployed for around eight months before commencing WfD through local employment provider Enterprise & Training Company (ETC).

“ETC linked me with Lifeline Northern Rivers where I work in the toy section and sort through the clothes. Sometimes I get to cover for one of the boys when they are away and help out on the truck with deliveries (beds, cupboards, desks etc),” Jason said.

“I’ve been volunteering here for three months now and really enjoy it here. The day goes quite fast because you are always doing something.”

Jason said doing this type of work had encouraged him to start thinking about a career in Community Services helping people with disability.

“It makes you feel good by the end of the day that you’ve helped out the community and have made a difference,” he said.

“I’ve dropped in my resume to several local organisations in the hope to get work experience in the industry to see if this is really for me. I’m also reviewing study options so I can gain the accredited requirements.”

Jason encouraged other job seekers to consider participating in WfD to help with their job prospects.

“It’s better than sitting around doing nothing – and the work experience will look great on your resume,” Jason said.

ETC’s WfD Advisor Mathew Poles said WfD programs were designed to improve the job readiness of job seekers by involving them in projects that develop their skills, increase their confidence and make them more employable.

“Speaking with the Supervisor at Lifeline, she advises that Jason is a great team member and has seen him grow in the time he has been with the organisation. She said he will be missed when he completes his required hours in the upcoming weeks,” Mr Poles said.



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