Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Work and Income recruitment efforts prove successful

Work and Income recruitment efforts prove successful

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is hailing the results of a recent recruitment partnership in mid-Canterbury.

Several new jobs were created when The Terrace View Retirement Village in Ashburton opened in November last year, and after the employer got in touch with Work and Income, a number of beneficiaries were referred for the job openings.

“Work and Income were successful in getting 11 clients into work with the company, several of whom had never actually worked before and only one of whom had previous caregiving experience,” Mrs Bennett said.

“They also received further assistance through Flexi-Wage work subsidies, which encourage employers to hire and train beneficiaries.”

“Work and Income are more than ready to work with people with no job history or with patchy work experience – it’s what they’re trained for and it’s why we have invested so heavily to give Case Managers the tools they need to help every person who walks through their doors.”

The new employees have also been given the opportunity to complete an NZQA caregiving course, and continue to receive strong support from rest home management.

“This is a great outcome for these clients and their families, and just one example from the many emerging from around the country as our economy gets back on track.”

Over 1,500 people are leaving the benefit for work each week and becoming financially independent as result.

“This means more choice about how their income is spent and more opportunities to save and plan for the future,” Mrs Bennett said.

“As a sole parent my first job was at an Auckland rest home, and I wouldn’t take back that experience for anything.”

“It’s tough and demanding work, but I gained important skills I still use today, just as I’m sure the people now in work thanks to this opportunity will also.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.

Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.

Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>

.

 
 

Parliament Today:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news