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Nairn launches building industry training program.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 989 Published: 27/6/2003 Title: Nairn Launches Building Industry Training Program

An innovative employment training program for the building industry in the ACT was officially launched last night (27/6/03) at the National Convention Centre.

The Master Builders’ Association of the ACT developed the Regional Building Upskilling Project for Bushfire Recovery as part of their effort to help Canberra rise from the ashes.

The launch was conducted by Federal Member for Eden-Monaro and Chair of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Science and Innovation, Gary Nairn, on behalf of the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Wilson Tuckey.

The Federal Government will contribute over $57,000 towards the project through the Regional Assistance Programme (RAP) while the MBA puts up almost $56,000 in cash and kind.

Mr Nairn said the project will provide jobseekers and workers in the building industry with a means to obtain accredited, on-the-job experience and training in the use of specialist building techniques and new building materials.

“It will provide a stepping stone to further participation in the industry and assist in addressing an acute need for skilled workers in the building industry,” Mr Nairn said.

“The project will also provide opportunities for employment in the industry to jobseekers from outside the ACT, and particularly from regional areas.

“I am pleased to announce that the Federal Government will contribute over $57,000 towards this project through the Regional Assistance Programme (RAP) administered by the Department of Transport and Regional Services.

”I also thank other local organisations for their contributions to the project including Construction Industry Training Fund Board: $60,000 in cash, NRMA: $22,000 in cash, Construction Industry Training Council: $5,000 in kind, CSR Hebel: $20,000 in kind, Amber Tiles: $20,000 in kind and James Hardie Industries: $20,000 in kind. Additional support from the Housing Industry Association and the ACT Bushfire Recovery Taskforce has also been offered.

“The Capital Region Employment Council should be applauded for their continued involvement in great initiatives like the Regional Building Upskilling Project for Bushfire Recovery.

“The work of all those involved will not only help rebuild this beautiful city, but help in developing

sought after and recognised skills in an important industry. Ends…