VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, today congratulated job seekers working on Bathurst’s community garden for the progress they have made on the project.
Mr Maxwell said VERTO was proud to be associated with the community garden since July 2014 when works officially got underway.
“We are thrilled some of our job seekers have had the opportunity to gain real work experience by working on the community garden,” Mr Maxwell said.
“Since commencing works in July this year, Councillor Bobby Bourke and the team have completed the fencing, installed an irrigation system and built at least half of the garden beds.
“This week, the team will start planting seedlings.
“I’m sure everyone agrees this is a great effort thus far, and one everyone involved can be proud of,” Mr Maxwell said.
Mr Maxwell said with recent findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing there were an increasing number of job vacancies in Australia; it was important job seekers gained work experience so they were equipped to fill available roles.
“With job vacancies across Australia increasing by 1.2 per cent from May to August this year, it’s important job seekers get the opportunity to undertake work experience across a variety of industries so they are competitive in the market,” Mr Maxwell said.
Mr Maxwell said VERTO would continue to work with Councillor Bobby Bourke and the team from the Bathurst Op Shop until the end of the project.
“Work on the community garden is due to be completed late in January 2015.
“VERTO will continue to support our job seekers and the community garden project until this time, primarily through the Department of Employment’s Employment Pathway Fund.
“I would like to congratulate Councillor Bobby Bourke for his hard work and commitment to the community garden.
“I look forward to visiting the garden again over the coming months,” Mr Maxwell said.