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Indigenous job seekers get ready for business careers


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

Up to 50 Indigenous Australians in south Brisbane will be prepared for jobs in administration, horticulture and retail thanks to the ‘Gulgan Yanbi – Walking a Different Path’ Indigenous employment project.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib said the project would allow Indigenous Australians to learn about modern business practices and provide them with long-term job opportunities.

“At the end of 12 months they will be awarded with a Certificate II in Business that covers customer service, workplace communication and business technology,” Senator Arbib said.

“With the assistance of local Indigenous mentors, participants will also complete pre-employment and on-the-job training to prepare them for full-time work.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for local Indigenous Australians to develop skills that can be transferred across every industry.”

Senator Arbib said the ‘Gulgan Yanbi – Walking a Different Path’ project was the result of $485 00 in funding from the Gillard Government and was hosted by Civic Solutions Inc, a community training and employment organisation based in Mt Gravatt.

“Civic Solutions will assist participants who complete their training to find jobs in their chosen career,” Senator Arbib said.

“This is not training for training’s sake, it’s training that leads to real jobs. I wish the participants the best of luck as they begin their journey into long-term jobs.”

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 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.”