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125 Indigenous people train for Queensland jobs

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SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Minister for Sport Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness


20 June 2011


Indigenous Queenslanders are being given the skills to find jobs in the mining, construction and aged care sectors thanks to a pre-employment program supported by the Gillard Government.

The Australian Government is partnering with the Queensland Government and Salvation Army Employment Plus to deliver training for 125 Indigenous people in Central Queensland in industries where there are skill shortages.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said the project would provide 125 participants with the skills they needed as they prepared to work full time.

“The project employs a full-time mentor and trainer to provide pre and post employment support to the participants as well as working with employers to deliver cultural awareness training,” Senator Arbib said.

“We know that mining, construction and aged care are industries looking for workers and we want to be sure Indigenous people have the skills to meet those needs.

“Already 14 of the participants have started work and training. Six are working with Road Tek while completing a Certificate III in Civil Construction, while the other eight are employed as dump truck operators with a large mining contractor.”

Senator Arbib said the Gillard Government had committed more than $787,000 through the Indigenous Employment Program to assist with the recruitment, training and additional support to the participants. The Queensland Government is also contributing about $800,000 to the project.

“With the additional support from the Queensland Government and Salvation Army Employment Plus the project has developed tailored training courses to fill specific skills shortages in the Queensland mining, construction an aged care sectors,” Senator Arbib said.

“It is a fantastic project that will help combat Queensland’s skill shortage while providing job and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians.”

Senator Arbib said Treasury predicted 500,000 jobs would be created over the next two years and it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment.

“Indigenous employment is not a short term issue. Over the next four years the Government has also committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program,” Senator Arbib said.

“This is part of the Gillard Government’s target to create more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”

Minister’s media contact: Sean Sammon 0417 137 419/02 9364 2600 DEEWR Media: Non-media enquiries: 1300 363 079