SENATOR THE HON MARK ARBIB
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
9 September 2011
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon said twelve Aboriginal job seekers are on the verge of taking up retail positions in the Alice Springs branches of Woolworths, Coles and Dick Smith, thanks to a forward-looking joint initiative between these businesses and the Australian Government.
This evening Mr Snowdon will present the job seekers with certificates for successfully completing a 12-week pre-employment training program which included modules from the Certificate II in Retail.
Representing the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib, Mr Snowdon congratulated the participants for their commitment.
“At the moment there are not enough Aboriginal people working in the Alice Springs retail sector and we want to redress that by helping to make more unemployed Aboriginal people job-ready.
We want to help them gain the skills they need to succeed.” Mr Snowdon said the Australian Government is providing $473,000 to help Aboriginal job seekers into worthwhile retail work close to their homes and communities through the Indigenous Employment Program.
“Now they have graduated from the training program, the participants will be placed in employment with one of the three firms,” Mr Snowdon said.
“They will be backed up with intensive job and personal mentoring and support for 12 months by the Mining, Energy and Engineering Academy.
“Senator Arbib said Treasury predicted 500,000 jobs would be created over the next two years and it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment is not a short-term issue.
Over the next four years the Australian Government has committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program and another $50 million to the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program,” Senator Arbib said.
Minister Snowdon’s media contact: Alice Plate 0400 045 999