$1m for Centacare jobs project

ANNOUNCEMENT: Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher with Centacare chief executive officer Dr Jen Cleary and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey at the funding announcement. Picture: Luca Cetta
ANNOUNCEMENT: Families and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher with Centacare chief executive officer Dr Jen Cleary and Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey at the funding announcement. Picture: Luca Cetta

During his visit to Ceduna last Thursday, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey announced $1 million in funding for Centacare Ceduna's COACH project.

The program is designed to provide participants and their families in the region with coaching and mentoring to help address barriers to keeping a job.

Mr Fletcher said at the announcement jobseekers in the region would receive support to help increase social and emotional wellbeing as they transitioned to financial independence and found work.

He said the program would focus on helping people find employment and then assist them to "stay the course".

"Under the COACH project jobseekers will develop an individual action plan, undertake training, coaching, mentoring, skills development, and referrals to existing specialist support services to give them the best foot forward," Mr Fletcher said.

"Many people who move from long-term unemployment into a job or training experience difficulty staying in that job or training program.

"The focus of the COACH project is to support people in their early weeks and months in work or training, thereby increasing the likelihood of successfully making a permanent transition out of unemployment."

Mr Fletcher said the program would focus on people over the age of 25.

Centacare Catholic Country SA chief executive officer Dr Jen Cleary said the centre was grateful for the funding.

"This is a local service helping local people and the community," she said.

"The funding will help our great staff, who are firmly part of the community, help the local community."

Mr Ramsey said the COACH project would assist former long-term welfare recipients who have gained employment, a traineeship or apprenticeship in the last three months.

"The barriers impacting South Australian's seeking work include family dynamics, mental health, poverty, low financial literacy and cultural obligations," he said.

"Mental health impacts many Australians and can prevent them from finding and keeping work and sadly regional South Australia is not immune."