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FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET. M.R

METAL UNION LEADS TRAINING COMMITTEE

An Industry Committee will meet in Sydney today with the

backing of the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union. The

meeting is' being held under the auspices of the National

Training Council and will be chaired by the Union's former

President, Mr Jack Devereux. Mr Devereux is widely

regarded as a spokesman for the metal industry and has a

wide knowledge of training requirements ..in Australia and

overseas.

Announcing this first meeting of the Coun c i l 's latest

Industry Training Committee, the Minister for Employment

and Industrial Relations, The Hon. Tony Street, welcomed

the support of the union and looked forward to an active

programme by the Committee.

"My Department's initial approach to form an Industry

Training Committee based on the needs of the foundry industry

has been grasped by the union and widened in scope", he said.

"With their recognition that there can be real gains made

through systematic industry training, this Committee should

make great progress and will be the peak training body for

the industry. It will be seeking to ensure that training

programmes are developed to meet the industry's urgent n e e d s .

"The Metal and Engineering Industry Training Committee will

be tripartite in nature and will have the full backing of

my Department.

"Its membership includes representatives from all States and

the VCM, M T I A , F I A , as well as A M W U ."

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Other Industry Training Committees have been established '

by the National Training Council in such, industries as

Timber, Road Transport, Printing and Retail M o t o r .

Mr Street added: "Through programmes for the formation

of Industry Training Committees, the employment of

Manpower Development Officers and trainer training, the

National Training Council has increased training awareness

and training activities within many industries. I am . .

confident that the new Committee will bring a new approach

in training to this important industry.” '

Mr Street concluded that the government is most concerned

to develop the maximum use of manpower resources and the .

efforts generated by such committees as this will help

achieve this goal.

The National Training Council was established in 1973 to advise

the Minister on the training needs of industry and c ommerce.

CANBERRA

4 February 1976

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