The Group Training Association – Tasmania (GTA-T) has welcomed the State Government’s
announcement of a grant of more than $200,000 to contribute to the ongoing support of Tasmanian
job seekers.

GTA-T Executive Officer, Geoff Fader, said the Government’s renewed commitment was an
encouraging sign for Tasmania, with priority placed on being the provision of literacy and numeracy
assistance to those seeking employment through the Getting There program.

“This grant will enable us to offer literacy and numeracy support state-wide, assisting with the
development of skills for jobseekers to fully participate in further education, training and/or
employment,” Mr Fader said.

Mr Fader said the Getting There program assisted participants in many ways, including learning how
to write a resume and cover letter.

“Sadly one in every three applicants for apprenticeship positions is rejected, simply because his or
her literacy and numeracy skills are so bad that they would be a danger to themselves and others in
the workplace,” he said.

“Many people find job applications and the process involved quite daunting and we need to prepare
them as best we can.”

Mr Fader said last year the Getting There program achieved a 40 per cent employment rate, which
was very encouraging.

“Of the 200 participants in the program last year, 110 were short-listed for interviews, 73 gained
employment, eight returned to school, while 55 started a training course,” he said.

“We are incredibly pleased with this announcement and look forward to assisting more Tasmanians
in 2014.”

Participants are referred to the program by registered Group Training Organisations (GTOs) and
through the Australian Apprenticeship Access Program.
GTA-T Executive Officer, Geoff Fader