Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said disadvantaged
parents of young children in Port Augusta and Whyalla will soon have access to
the training and support they need to become work ready, thanks to the Turnbull
Government’s decision to expand the successful ParentsNext program.
“The best form of welfare is a job and we are focused on
helping more parents of young children into work and off welfare,” he said.
“After successful pilots of the program, the Government is
rolling out ParentsNext nationally, to connect more parents of young children
with personalised support to improve their work readiness by the time their
children start school.”
Mr Ramsey said since launching in April last year,
ParentsNext has made a real difference in the lives of young parents and their
families, giving them the support and help they need to get ready to work.
“Families are the most important institution influencing the
future of our nation”, Mr Ramsey said. “We need families to succeed and to
provide the right example to their children and that is what this program is
about, supporting families to be their best.”
ParentsNext participants receive personalised assistance,
including advice on relevant education and qualifications, and training to
improve numeracy and literacy.
“When mums and dads take time out from work to raise small
children it can be difficult to find a way back into the workforce when their
children start school,” Mr Ramsey said.
“It can be even more daunting and difficult for those
parents who may not have worked previously and don’t have the skills or
experience that employers are looking for.
“In the Port Augusta and Whyalla regions we have many
families receiving Parenting Payment. ParentsNext will be a real opportunity
for many of those parents to get the assistance they need to get work ready.”
Further information about ParentsNext is available at www.employment.gov.au/parents-next
Media Contact; Leonie Lloyd-Smith
08 8633 1744 Port Pirie Office.
May 18, 2017