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New indigenous trainees with aboriginal land council in western New South Wales


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

Nine young Indigenous Australians have started traineeships with Local Aboriginal Land Councils throughout Western NSW after completing an innovative work preparation program Local Aboriginal Land Council Trainees.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib congratulated the Indigenous trainees on completing the course which has led them to starting a Business Traineeship and to work with land councils.

“Local Aboriginal Land Council Trainees is an initiative project for up to nine Indigenous Australians who want to complete a traineeship in Business Administration as a pathway to employment or further training,” Senator Arbib said.

“This program is providing valuable employment opportunities for the next generation of local Aboriginal people in country towns like Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Narromine, Nyngan, Trangie and Warren.

“The Government supported the project with $144,500 under the Indigenous Employment program (IEP).”

The four week work preparation program includes one week work experience in Dubbo and has been designed to meet the administration needs of the Local Aboriginal Land Councils.

Senator Arbib said the program was designed to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge of participants as they begin pathways to employment.

Participants have completed a Certificate II or III in Business traineeship with the assistance of mentors throughout the training and post work placement period which assists with participant-completion rates.

“This success story makes a real difference to local councils and helps continue to close the gap on Indigenous employment outcomes in New South Wales,” Senator Arbib said.

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.”