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DESA recognised for Indigenous employment initiatives.

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Senator the Hon Mark Arbib

Minister for Employment Participation Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery 9 June, 2010

DESA recognised for Indigenous employment initiatives

Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib today congratulated Data and Electrical Services Australia (DESA) on winning the Victorian Aboriginal Educational Association’s 2009 Private Sector Employer Award.

The award is a result of DESA’s dedication to training and employing Indigenous Australians.

DESA plays a vital role in indentifying and promoting job pathways for young Indigenous Australians wanting to become apprentice electricians.

“I congratulate DESA on this award. It is fantastic to see to the organisation recognised for its hard work and commitment to Indigenous employment,” Senator Arbib said.

“DESA provides opportunities to young Indigenous Australians to gain valuable electrical skills and training. It also includes the prospect of becoming a permanent electrician with DESA once their apprenticeship is over.

“There are currently eight apprentices employed at DESA. This award is a reflection on their hard work and dedication and I look forward to seeing eight new Indigenous electricians in the future.”

Senator Arbib said the success of DESA highlighted the importance of the Government’s Indigenous Employment Program (IEP).

“The Australian Government has committed $195,000 to DESA’s IEP project, which is providing opportunities for seven Indigenous apprentices to obtain skills through an Electrical Apprenticeship or Office Traineeship,” Senator Arbib said.

“DESA has engaged a full-time Indigenous Employment Co-ordinator to engage with and support Indigenous jobseekers and employees.

“The Indigenous Employment Program is vital in creating winning partnerships between the Australian Government and the private sector.

“The Government is providing $750 million in funding to the Indigenous Employment Program to assist the private sector in establishing programs that encourage Indigenous jobs and training.

“The IEP is a key element of the Government's $4.6 billion investment to halve the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.”

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