Fifty-three Indigenous Australians in Bundaberg will be given job opportunities thanks to the ‘Shop 66’ Indigenous Employment Program in Bundaberg.
Representing the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib, Queensland Senator John Hogg said the program was providing Indigenous Australians with sustainable jobs in the retail industry.
“The participants will receive a Certificate II in Retail Training, work experience and guaranteed employment,” Senator Hogg said.
“Through accredited training and work experience in an Indigenous art shop, participants will become well versed in retail, art and tourism while working in a culturally significant workplace linked to Indigenous elders, painters and communities.
“Participants will also be supported throughout the program with ongoing assistance and mentoring as required.”
Senator Arbib said the project was a joint initiative between the Australian Government and Sarina Russo Job Access with $595,000 from the Indigenous Employment Program.
“Thanks to initiatives such as Shop 66, government and industry are building strong job and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” Senator Arbib said.
“This project helps individuals, communities, companies and industry in Queensland.”
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.
“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 Gillard Government’s target to create more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.”