Subsidy rewards bosses

Subsidy rewards bosses
Samanatha Vierneusel is back working after taking time off to have a child

A WERRIBEE-based jobs provider is urging local employers to take advantage of a “silver lining’’ that comes with giving certain jobseekers a go. 

Sarina Russo Job Access Werribee delivers the Federal Government’s jobactive program which includes wage subsidies of between $6500 and $10,000 for employers who hire jobseekers who are of a mature age, long term unemployed, parents returning to work, young or indigenous. 

It has 719 wage subsidy eligible jobseekers on its books and they come with $4.67 million in funding to support employers hiring them – based on a $6500 subsidy. 

Sarina Russo Job Access Werribee manager Ray Tuckett said the program rewarded employers for using a “huge untapped workforce’’, and the subsidies were an extra “silver lining’’. 

But he said: “It’s amazing how many local employers are not using them.” 

Samantha Vierneusel, returning to work after having a child, was hired recently by an employer taking advantage of the program. 

The Wyndham Vale mum, 27, said her casual cleaning job at Brooklyn’s B.D.K. Group was a win-win, with it receiving a wage subsidy and her an income as well as a chance to meet new people. 

Wyndham has an unemployment rate of 7 per cent, the Federal Government’s Employment Department’s Small Area Labour Markets report for the September 2015 quarter shows. 

Werribee sat at 11.4 per cent at the time, while the unemployment rate for all of Melbourne was 6.3 per cent.

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