SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
9 May 2011
A partnership between the Federal Government and the Mining and Engineering Academy will enable 30 Indigenous job seekers in Alice Springs to complete a Certificate II in Retail, pre-employment training and have access to jobs with some of Australia’s largest companies.
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said through the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) the Government was providing $473,017 to train, mentor and find jobs for Indigenous job seekers in the Territory.
“Thanks to partnerships with corporate Australia and the Federal Government job opportunities for Indigenous Australia are constantly expanding,” Senator Arbib said.
“Thirty Indigenous Australians will receive pre-employment training and a Certificate II in Retail and 20 participants will then start work with Woolworths, Dick Smith’s and other retailers.
“Indigenous job seekers in Alice Springs and neighbouring communities will develop skills that can then be transferred to other jobs anywhere across the country.”
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the new jobs would greatly benefit Alice Springs and the surrounding Indigenous communities.
“Jobs for Aboriginal people in the Territory is high priority for the Australian Government. It is extremely important that locals are given job opportunities in a wide range of fields, including the retail sector,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The partnership between the Mining and Engineering Academy and companies like Dick Smith and Woolworths will give the 30 participants a great qualification as well the opportunity to work for some of Australia’s biggest companies.”
Senator Arbib said the IEP was part of the Australian Government’s commitment to closing the gap on Indigenous employment. The Gillard Government has a target of creating more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.
The government has committed more than $750 million over five years to the Indigenous Employment Program, to assist Indigenous Australians into ongoing, sustainable work.
Minister Arbib’s Media Contact: Sean Sammon 0417 137 419/02 9364 2600
Minister Snowdon’s Media Contact: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
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