Program helps job seekers

PROGRAM: Senior EyrePlus staff members Susan Rainbow, Simon Rodgers and Eva Theodosiou are ready to bring the CDP to the region. Picture: Luca Cetta

PROGRAM: Senior EyrePlus staff members Susan Rainbow, Simon Rodgers and Eva Theodosiou are ready to bring the CDP to the region. Picture: Luca Cetta

The federal government's Community Development Program (CDP), which is aimed at preparing job seekers for work while contributing to the goals of the community, will be strengthened in the Far West region.

CDP provider EyrePlus will be based in Ceduna from July 1 and cover an area from Oak Valley to Streaky Bay.

EyrePlus general manager Simon Rodgers said the service targeted job seekers in remote areas.

They will be working in partnership with five Aboriginal community corporations at Oak Valley, Yalata, Scotdesco, Koonibba and Ceduna.

"The program is tailored towards Indigenous Australians and job remote job seekers, but the case load in the region is a mixture of Indigenous and non-Indigenous," he said.

"We will work together with the five Aboriginal communities and they will be heavily involved in delivering the activity component."

The CDP works with people registered with Centerlink who are required to enter into an employment-related program.

It aims to meet the challenges faced by remote job seekers and help to ensure they are skilled to meet the needs of local employers, while delivering work-like activities that benefit job seekers and the community, and help people find employment and keep it.

"I believe in a one-stop shop and being close to Centerlink is beneficial to job seekers," Mr Rodgers said.

"They can go to Centerlink and be referred across to us, where we can introduce them to the program, do an initial assessment and refer them to work-like activities."

EyrePlus will be located at 15 East Terrace, near Centerlink, and can be contacted on 1800 960 012.