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Former Origin Greats promote Indigenous jobs in Townsville

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JULIE COLLINS MP Minister for Community Services Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for the Status of Women


Former Origin Greats promote Indigenous jobs in Townsville

Former Origin Greats (FOGS) are bringing their star power to Townsville tomorrow to promote job opportunities for young Indigenous job seekers and students - with help from local industry and businesses.

FOGS Chairman Gene Miles and team-mates such as Allan Langer, Gary Belcher and Sam Backo will be talking jobs and futures with around 3,000 young people at the Indigenous Employment and Career Expos at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, said the Expos are a great chance for young Indigenous Australians to connect with employers and training providers.

“The Townsville business community has really embraced the expos and this year we have more than 60 exhibitors,” Ms Collins said.

“We are expecting over 3,000 Indigenous school leavers and job seekers from the Townsville region to attend.

“They’ll be able to meet their Origin idols and to speak with representatives from organisations such as Queensland Police and Ergon Energy.

“The aim is to have as many local people as possible in local jobs and I’m sure the expo will deliver great outcomes and opportunities for the Townsville community.”

The expo is one of seven FOGS Indigenous Employment and Careers Expos to be held across Queensland this year. The three previous Expos this year have attracted around 7,000 Indigenous young Australians and 150 exhibitors.

The expos are in their fourth successful year and have become a key part of promoting the Government’s Learn Earn Legend! Campaign. It encourages young people to stay in school or in training with the goal of finding long-term job opportunities.

“Our partnership with FOGS stresses the benefits for young Indigenous people of staying in school and shows them ways of choosing the right career,” Ms Collins said.

“We want kids to learn, get a secure job and become role models and leaders in their communities,” Ms Collins said.

Since 2010, more than 27,000 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have attended FOGS events.

“These expos have proven results - almost 500 Indigenous people attending these events in 2011 found employment or took up further training,” Ms Collins said.

Following the success of the 2011 expos, the Australian Government committed another $2.4million to fund the program until the end of 2013.

The funding is through the $650 million Indigenous Employment Program. In the past three years, the IEP has achieved 90,000 commencements into employment and training, including 42,200 job starts.

Remaining FOGS Expos for this year:  Rockhampton, 15 August, Rockhampton Show Grounds  Brisbane, 12 September, Suncorp Stadium  Toowoomba, 17 October, Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre

The expos are part of the Australian Government's commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment outcomes.


24 July 2012

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