IN HIS role as Assistant Minister for Employment, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker has revealed the results of a survey reinforced the importance of the Government's new Work for the Dole program.
Conducted by the Department of Employment, Mr Hartsuyker said the Surveys of Employers' Recruitment Experiences asked more than 1000 employers about changes young job seekers can make to improve their employment prospects.
The old adage of 'get a haircut and get a real job' quickly come to mind when looking at the results.
"About half the responding employers said the best action many young people can take is to improve their attitude or physical presentation," Mr Hartsuyker said.
The long serving MP said Work for the Dole programs can be a solution toward solving youth unemployment.
"Employers reported the lack of commitment to work displayed by many young people resulted in them not having the necessary enthusiasm, reliability, or initiative required to make an effective contribution," he said.
"As I travel around the country, employers keep telling me that too many young job seekers are presenting to their businesses without the basic skills necessary to positively contribute in the workplace.
"This highlights why Work for the Dole is an important part of the solution to youth unemployment.
"It enables young job seekers to demonstrate to employers they have the attitude and skills necessary to be a productive employee.
"Employers are seeking commitment, teamwork and punctuality from employees, all qualities which Work for the Dole can instill in young job seekers." Mr Hartsuyker last week announced phase one of the Government's new Work for the Dole programme to help young job seekers move from welfare to work.
Starting in July, long-term unemployed job seekers aged 18-30 in selected locations around Australia will be required to participate in work for the dole activities for about fifteen hours per week for six months.