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Defence Indigenous pre recruitment course begins.



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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

www.defence.gov.au

Monday, 18 August 2008 112/2008

DEFENCE INDIGENOUS PRE RECRUITMENT COURSE BEGINS

The Defence Indigenous Pre Recruitment Course (IPRC) was launched in Townsville today by the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, and the Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan

O’Connor.

“The IPRC is designed to ensure that Indigenous Australians are well-prepared for the ADF recruiting process and are equipped to succeed in military training and employment,” Mr Snowdon said.

“It will be run over eight weeks and will include such modules as numeracy and English literacy, aptitude, confidence building, motivation, discipline, leadership, communication and skills to live away from home.

“It is hoped this initial trial in Townsville will prove a real step forward in assisting Indigenous Australian take on a rewarding career in the military.”

The IPRC has been developed in partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, who have engaged Bindal Sharks United Sports and Recreation Aboriginal Corporation to conduct the course.

“The course offers all participants the chance to visit ADF establishments in Townsville and Cairns as well as a week-long trip to Canberra for a leadership program,” Mr O’Connor said.

“At the completion of the IPRC, those that are not eligible for the ADF recruitment process will be supported to find suitable employment in other arenas.

"The whole of Government is working together to ensure that, in partnership with Indigenous Australians, we can close the gap in educational, employment and life outcomes.”

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664