Release type: Joint Media Release


10 Indigenous Australians train for NT construction jobs


Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for Sport
Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness

A new 12 month Indigenous Employment Program will provide 10 Indigenous job seekers with pre-employment training, mentoring and job placements in the Northern Territory construction industry.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Senator for Northern Territory Trish Crossin said the program was designed to provide the participants with the skills they needed to find and sustain work in the construction industry.

“The 10 week pre-employment training course includes training in units from Certificate III in General Construction and Certificate III in Civil Construction (Plant Operation). Included in the training is also work experience and work preparation training,” Senator Arbib said.

“The training will ensure the participants will receive the skills they need to find a meaningful job in the construction industry and also an opportunity to move into apprenticeships and continue with their qualifications.

“This program is a great opportunity for the participants to gain skills in an area that is experiencing an extreme skill shortage.”

Senator Crossin said the Gillard Government had committed $122 000 with had the support of Jobfind Centres Australia and John Holland Pty Ltd.

“Eight of the applicants have already completed their pre-employment training and have now begun the next stage which is moving into a job,” Senator Crossin said.

“Once employed, the participants will receive 26 weeks of post-employment mentoring to ensure they appropriate support in the workplace.

“The Northern Territory construction industry is continuing to grow and having Indigenous Australians move into employment in this area is a fantastic outcome.”

Senator Arbib said Treasury predicted 500 000 jobs would be created during the next two years and it was critical that Indigenous Australians had the support and training they needed to take up employment.

“Indigenous employment is not a short term issue. Over the next four years the Government has also committed almost $650 million to the Indigenous Employment Program,” Senator Arbib said.

“This is part of the Gillard Government’s target to create more than 100 000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”