Work for the Dole activities

MatchWorks has a range of activities in your local area to expand your skill sets and gain extra work experience.
Activities cover individual job seekers or involve job seekers working as a team to deliver a valuable outcome for your community.

Current Work for the Dole opportunities

Retail

Participants have the chance to take part in various community retail stores and develop the following skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills
  • Customer service
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Visual merchandising
  • Strong time-management skills and attention to detail
  • Product knowledge
  • Operating cash registers or point of sale terminals to accept payment
  • Accepting deliveries and pricing stock

Hospitality

Participants work in a commercial kitchen environment, preparing and serving meals to members of the public. Tasks include those performed in any commercial restaurant covering:

  • Following food hygiene rules
  • Communication skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • Personal presentation
  • Teamwork
  • Prepare and cook different kinds of foods
  • Food quality monitoring
  • Safe food handling and storage
  • Food preparation to specific dietary or cultural requirements

Landscaping and maintenance

Participants are involved in a range of landscaping, gardening and construction elements which may include:

  • Working from plans that have been made by garden designers or landscape architect
  • Site preparation
  • Turf and seed lawns
  • Planting and propagation
  • Installing features like paving, paths, water features and rock gardens
  • Working towards deadlines
  • Organisational skills
  • Training in use of tools and horticultural skills
  • Working independently or as part of a team

Administration/IT

Participants learn a range of administrative and information technology skills including:

  • Social media and website design/maintenance
  • Event coordination
  • Learning the fundamentals of website codes e.g. HTML and Java Script
  • Using programs from within the Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Peer to Peer Networking
  • Learning how to apply server driven systems
  • Filing, correspondence and secretarial duties
  • Minute taking
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Developing briefs for clients