SEEKING WORK: Tia Hughes has been desperately searching for work for several years. She says the assumption people on the dole don't want to work is misguided.
SEEKING WORK: Tia Hughes has been desperately searching for work for several years. She says the assumption people on the dole don't want to work is misguided. Ebony Battersby

Hospitality work is all young mum can find

EAGER, young and enthusiastic - young mum Tia Hughes claims she is the perfect candidate for long-term employment.

But she's struggling to convince anyone.

She moved to Gladstone seven years ago with dreams of a career in child care.

But the 28-year-old has only been able to secure two jobs while she's been in town - and both those have been in hospitality.

She says neither job satisfied or challenged her, but she can't afford to place her four children in childcare.

"I want to work. I've been on (employment) books for six years and the only job they can get me is a cafe role," she said.

"Centrelink doesn't fund any of the certificates I would need to do child care.

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"I realise they probably can't fund the whole ticket, but they could take lump sums out of my fortnightly payment."

Ms Hughes knows she doesn't have enough experience to find work, yet she is at a loss how to achieve it with the responsibility of looking after a family.

"I'm all for the Work for the Dole program," she said.



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