Keeping up with world standards

THE general manager of ETC, Michael Close, is one of just seven people short-listed for a national grant.

The winner of the grant will be announced today and will receive a fully funded six-day study tour to Europe and attendance at the invitation-only OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Forum in Europe next year.

The forum will be attended by more than 200 international employment and economic development experts.

The grant is provided by the National Employment Services Association (NESA) and supported by RecruitmentSuper and is Australia’s first grant designed to gather fresh ideas from around the world on reducing unemployment.

Mr Close began working with jobseekers at age 20, before progressing to a management position four years later.

Now general manager of ETC, he is well known for his big personality and big ideas, which have seen him create an Indigenous Youth Mobility Program and ‘dance with the local stars’ earlier this year. The grant winner will travel to the forum as a guest of NESA CEO Sally Sinclair.

“This grant guarantees that Australian employment professionals continue to provide world-standard services that help unemployed people find jobs,” Ms Sinclair said.



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