Council project to connect job seekers with new opportunities in the human services sector

A project linking unemployed people with the fastest growing employment sector has launched in Eurobodalla.

An initiative of Eurobodalla Council funded by the Australian Government, the Eurobodalla Jobs and Training Project links both job seekers and those seeking career change with employment opportunities in the human services sector.

The project is being coordinated by consultant Rhonnie South, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the education and training industry.

Ms South said the project focussed on providing pathways and experiences that could lead to sustainable employment and careers – and they did not need to be registered as a job seeker with Centrelink to participate.

“We want to connect people looking for work with education and training opportunities, but also help them make that transition from course to work by helping them gain on-the-job experience,” she said.

“We also want to help people already in the sector, and those looking for a change in other fields, improve their job prospects.

“There’s so many career options in the human services sector but if you’re not aware of them it’s hard to know where to start. This is about helping people put a plan in place.”

Ms South said the human services sector included roles in personal care, aged care, childcare, nursing and disability support, through to physiotherapy, allied health, medical administration and even hospitality and landscape gardening.

“Eurobodalla has the oldest population in NSW, with a very big percentage of people requiring in-home support due to age or disability, and local services are finding it really hard to attract skilled workers,” she said.

“Our region also has high unemployment, so it makes sense to join the dots and to try and connect job seekers to these opportunities.

“If people think it’s all too hard for personal reasons, or education is not for them, I can find ways to help them get to where they want to be and support them through the process.”

As part of the project Ms South will be working with training and service providers and developing a range of experiences, opportunities and programs to help meet local needs.

Job seekers and those wanting vocational counselling are encouraged to get in contact with Ms South by phoning Eurobodalla Council on 4474 1000 during business hours or messaging Council’s Facebook page.

Above: Jobs and Training Coordinator Rhonnie South and Eurobodalla Council’s Divisional Manager of Community Development and Participation Kim Bush are looking to connect job seekers with the fastest growing local employment sector – human services.

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