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Constructing a future for Indigenous trainees in the building industry


Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery

The Minister for Employment Participation Senator Mark Arbib, today said more than 115 Indigenous people will benefit from funding of $968 000 for pre-employment assistance and mentoring services in the Mt Druitt civil and general construction industry.

This funding has been allocated under the reformed Indigenous Employment Program which will begin on 1 July 2009.

During a recent visit to the training facility of the Guri Wa Ngundagar Aboriginal Corporation in Mt Druitt, New South Wales, Senator Arbib said he was delighted meet with some of the trainees.

“I am pleased to see the benefits of government and the community working together to overcome problems with disadvantage and unemployment,” he said.

“These services are providing the skilled people needed for the local construction industry.”

Seventeen Indigenous trainees undertook the four-week course, learning valuable information about the various occupations in the construction industry, and developing skills and experience with specialised tools and equipment.

Senator Arbib said participants from Kempsey, Forster and Port Macquarie areas could chose to relocate to Sydney to take up these opportunities.

“Partnerships like this one play a key role in increasing Indigenous employment opportunities and contributing to the Government’s commitment to halving the gap in employment outcomes for Indigenous people within a decade.”