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Training head start for North Queensland Indigenous students

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 high-school students from Central and North Queensland will get a head start in their careers with the opportunity to take part in school-based traineeships.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins MP, said today the 14 Queensland students in years 10, 11 and 12 will receive the training from Mission Australia as part of the Gillard Government’s $50 million Indigenous Youth Career Pathways program.

The program will also assist the older Year 12 students to transition into further education or employment.

“Many Indigenous job seekers face multiple barriers to getting a job and building a career,” Ms Collins said. 

“This program is supporting students in traineeships while they are still at school and helping them to find work.

“Closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment is a high priority for the Australian Government.

“No-one should be left behind because of their gender, their background, or even where in our vast nation they live.

“It is critical Indigenous Australians can access the support and training needed for employment opportunities,” Ms Collins said.

Over the next four years, the Australian Government is also investing $650 million in the Indigenous Employment Program.

Since it began in 2009, the IEP has achieved 71,000 placements in employment and training related activities for Indigenous Australians - 33,000 of these have been employment placements.

For more information about the IEP visit: www.deewr.gov.au/iep