Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib and South Australian Minister for Housing Jennifer Rankine today congratulated the 22 participants in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands training program.
The Federal Government and South Australian State Government have allocated $1.6 million to provide 22 Indigenous Australians with training and jobs in the construction industry.
Senator Arbib said the program provides workplace training in welding, concreting, carpentry and bricklaying in the Amata and Mimili communities.
“It’s great to see Indigenous Australians seizing the opportunity to gain skills and jobs in vital Australian industries like construction,” Senator Arbib said.
“This project will provide long-term job opportunities for the 22 Indigenous participants. The skills they are learning are transferable and necessary on all building sites.
“I look forward to seeing houses across South Australia being built by Indigenous Australians.”
The 10-year, $1.9 billion National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing aims to deliver up to 4,200 new houses and upgrades to around 4,800 homes in remote Indigenous communities across Australia.
Ms Rankine said the training initiative at Amata and Mimili was delivering vital employment opportunities in the region.
“Not only are the participants learning trade skills, they are gaining a Certificate II in Civil Construction and completing the national White Card General Induction Course for the industry, opening the door to employment on construction sites across Australia,” Ms Rankine said.
“This is a great beginning for everyone involved, and we will continue to work with local communities and the federal government to create more opportunities for local employment and training.”
The training initiative in the APY Lands is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian Governments, including more than $940,000 from the federal Indigenous Employment Program (IEP).
Senator Arbib said the IEP was part of the Australian Government's commitment to close the gap on Indigenous employment. The Gillard Government has a target of creating more than 100,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians by 2018.
The government has committed more than $750 million over five years to the Indigenous Employment Program, to assist Indigenous Australians into ongoing, sustainable work.