Forty new training and job placements will be available to Indigenous Australians in Southern NSW, thanks to the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program.
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and Eden Monaro MP Dr Mike Kelly said the funding would help Habitat Personnel build on existing projects that are currently operating at capacity.
“Participants will undertake tailored pre-employment training to increase their social and education skills to meet the needs of local employers,” Senator Arbib said.
“The job focus will be small businesses, local employers and continued partnerships with Mission NSW Social Enterprises, SITA Waste Management, local government, Indigenous health service provides, community organisation and the public service.
“During the job placement participants and employers will receive support from dedicated mentors.”
Dr Kelly said the project received $484 000 and was run with the support of Habitat Personnel.
“The Indigenous participants will come from Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Lower South Coast, Queanbeyan and the Canberra region,” Dr Kelly said.
“Based in Nowra, Habitat is an Indigenous-owned and managed company that has successfully delivered projects under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Program since 2009.
“To create sustainable jobs, Habitat Personnel works with key employers and industry groups to develop training and job opportunities – promoting Indigenous participation within their industry and businesses.”
Senator Arbib said Federal Treasury has estimated that 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 opportunities.
“Indigenous 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 $50 million to the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program,” Senator Arbib said.
“This is part of the Australian Government’s goal to help Indigenous students find a job or move into further study and create more than 100 000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”