Since acquiring our new Activities Hub the weather has prevented our Jobseekers from undertaking their normal outdoor tasks. This has led to our teams undertaking several small projects to get the Hub fitted out for use.
The risk of Melioidosis in the northern parts of Australia significantly increases during the wet season and a lot of our normal work areas are either sodden or flooded. The projects were aimed at hand and power tools skilling and confidence building. While formal training is in the pipeline to prepare our Jobseekers for the increasingly large-scale projects in the area, these projects have struck a lot of interest and enthusiasm from the Jobseekers keen to join the construction contractors.
Whilst undertaking the projects, employers traveling through the industrial area of Katherine have been able to see the Jobseekers at work. One large-scale employer has already visited to tap into our Jobseekers for upcoming contracts at the Tindal RAAF Base. Another has shown interest in purchasing some of the picnic settings being built by Jobseekers.
The vast majority of the supplies for the projects were sourced locally which has also built interest in what we are achieving. Rather than purchasing benches, tables, chairs, shelving, and office furniture that is already constructed, the teams got a real buzz out of the job satisfaction to put these together and see them in use.