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220 new job and training opportunities for Indigenous jobseekers

Ministers:

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

220 Indigenous Australians will be provided with training and jobs in Aged Care and Child Care by 2013 thanks to the Gillard Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib today welcomed the announcement of The Replay Group NSW and VIC 2011 Indigenous Employment Program.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for 220 Indigenous Australians to train and work in the expanding Aged and Child Care fields with great opportunities for long term jobs,” Senator Arbib said.

“More than $2 million will be provided to the Replay Group to train and provide part-time jobs for the participants across New South Wales and Victoria over the next two years.

“The participants will have the option to complete a Certificate III in either Child Care or Aged Care and then join Replay supported employers on a part-time basis.”

Senator Arbib said the Replay Group was an extremely well regarded training and employment agency. Since 2001 Replay has assisted the government in 18 Indigenous Employment Programs helping close the gap on Indigenous employment.

“The Replay Group’s unique approach guarantees job or part-time position for the 220 participants once their training is complete,” Senator Arbib said.

“Before the participants are selected, Replay indentifies job vacancies to ensure once the participants complete their training they can move straight into their new job.

“So this is not training for training’s sake, this is training that leads to a job.

“Employers are then supported by Replay through training courses to onsite mentors who assist the new Indigenous employees as they adapt to their new jobs.”

Senator Arbib said the IEP was part of the Australian Government's commitment to close 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,” Senator Arbib said.