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Indigenous job seekers graduate in retail industry program

Ministers:

The Hon Julie Collins MP
Minister for Community Services, Indigenous Employment and Economic Development
Minister for the Status of Women

A group of Indigenous trainees is today graduating from a joint Government-industry program leading the way in delivering new employment opportunities for Indigenous job seekers in the retail industry in South Australia.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins, has congratulated the latest 20 graduates from the Woolworths Indigenous Pre-Employment Program.

“The graduates have responded with great commitment to this opportunity and they deserve acknowledgment for their hard work and achievements,” Ms Collins said.

“They will now work with the partners in this program to secure ongoing employment with Woolworths and their associated stores.

“The Woolworths Indigenous Pre-Employment Program is proving a productive partnership between government and industry and all those involved are helping close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.”

The Australian Government’s $650 million Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) provided $3.2 million for Stage 1 of the Woolworths Project, which helped support 184 training places and 108 employment places for Indigenous job seekers.

Stage 2 of the project is supporting a further 96 training places and 72 employment places over the next two years with an additional $1.78 million of IEP funding.

This project is conducted in conjunction with Woolworths, the South Australian Government and the Mining, Energy and Engineering Academy.

The intensive 10-week pre-employment and work-readiness program integrates retail training, personal and leadership development and mentoring.