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New projects to deliver opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers in western Sydney

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

MEDIA RELEASE New projects to deliver opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers in western Sydney

Australian Government support of more than $1.5 million is helping two new projects create training and employment opportunities for 150 Indigenous job seekers in western Sydney.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, today said the two projects would create 70 employment opportunities and 80 traineeships.

“In one project, more than 50 indigenous job seekers will undertake traineeships in Certificate III qualifications in the health sector - one of Australia’s largest growing sectors,” Ms Collins said.

“The trainees will complete on-the-job work experience at busy public hospitals in south western Sydney.

“As part of the second project, 30 additional traineeships are available in various fields such as business, health services assistance and dental assistant.

“The project will also directly place 70 job seekers into employment in various industries.”

These projects are part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Indigenous Employment Program and are being delivered by Yarn’n Aboriginal Employment Services, a wholly owned Aboriginal organisation based in Redfern.

“As part of its services, Yarn’n will provide mentoring and ongoing support for participants to help them with their studies and work placements,” Ms Collins said.

“The Indigenous Employment Program is helping develop the tailored programs to create sustainable employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.”

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SYDNEY 3 April 2012 Media contact: Joe Scavo 0409 679 924