Making the Change

maskMaking the Change

We can tell that our jobseekers enjoy working at Containers for Change, a paid jobseeker Activity. Some have managed to get full-time jobs elsewhere but still manage to pop in to say hi, or want a few extra shifts on their days off. With others, we get job applications from their brothers and extended family members.

We try to make work as enjoyable as possible, a conducive environment for jobseekers to learn and grow, while adhering to strict safety procedures and working towards targets. Jobseekers gain on the job training, especially in correct wearing of PPE and how to carry work out safely. For most of our jobseekers this is their first job, or first job in a very long time. Containers for Change is a platform to support our jobseekers on their career path.

In the past few weeks our team have been busy learning new skills. We are giving old bins a new life. We have recently procured 100 old 240-litre bins from Cleanaway in Newman that have been stored for the past 6 years or more. We have been cleaning them and just recently learned how to apply stickers like professionals.

Kirri Barron has in the past owned her own signage business before relocating to Tom Price to work for Rio Tinto. Kirri is also an active member of the community and volunteers her time at the local golf club and drive-in. We were so honoured that she has offered to come to AAC to show us how to professionally apply the stickers to the bins.

The bins will look amazing with their new branding. Within the next few weeks, we would like to get them out into the community to encourage everyone to recycle their eligible containers. Our aim is to eventually obtain new lids for them, to replace the old ones.

When you recycle a container, you’re not only doing your part for the environment, you’re also helping someone on their employment journey. You’re helping someone gain paid employment, work experience and an employment reference on their stepping stone to their full-time role.

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