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Queensland’s champion teams mentor Indigenous youth

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


Queensland’s champion teams mentor Indigenous youth

More than 80 Queensland Indigenous job seekers and students will receive mentoring and educational training support from Brisbane’s two reigning champion football teams -the Brisbane Roar and the Queensland Reds.

The Australian Government is providing almost $1 million in funding for the A-League soccer champions and the Super Rugby champions to play their part in closing the gap in indigenous employment, the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, said today.

Mission Australia will oversee both projects, with the Australian Government committing $533,689 for the Roar program and $440,000 for the Reds initiative.

“Our partnership with the Queensland Reds encourages Indigenous students to stay in school, to strive to get jobs for themselves and to become leaders in their communities,” Ms Collins said.

“Through the Gillard Government’s innovative mentoring program - Learn. Earn. Legend! - the Reds will provide students with one-on-one school to work transition support.

“The Queensland Reds will mentor the students for twelve months from July this year and engage their extensive list of corporate partners and other networks to ensure participants go onto meaningful pathways.

“The participants will also be supported by an Indigenous Program Manager,” Ms Collins said.

“Roar footballers will mentor 40 Indigenous Australians from Brisbane to help them get full-time ongoing employment.

“This project involves pre-employment training, job placement support, mentoring and post-placement support for one year.

“The Roar men's, women's and youth teams will take part in the program, which will also include employing a dedicated Indigenous coordinator to assist.

“The players volunteer their time to work with Indigenous youth, long term unemployed and parents returning to the workforce.

“Mentoring is a powerful way to get real and enduring results and I congratulate the service providers, team management and players for working together on these projects,” Ms Collins said.

“Education as a pathway to good jobs is the Government’s top priority in closing the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade.

“We are investing $650 million over four years in the Indigenous Employment Program - and it is already delivering results.

“In its two-and-a-half years, the program has placed 71,000 Indigenous Australians in a job or a training course.”

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4 April 2012

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