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Indigenous employment boost for north west Queensland

An Australian Government funded accredited training course has resulted in 12 Indigenous job seekers gaining full-time employment in the construction and mining industry.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, congratulated the 26 participants who today graduated from the fourth Dugalunji Civil Construction & Mining Skills Prevocational Program in Camooweal, in north west Queensland.

The Australian Government provided $429,000 under the Structured Training and Employment Project and Employment Related Services (STEP ERS) towards the project.

The accredited training was provided by Mount Isa Institute of TAFE, Rutherfurd MIRATS and Whitehouse Consultancies.

Myuma Pty Ltd, a not-for-profit civil construction and labour hire business operated by the Traditional Owners of the Camooweal region, Indjilandji/Dhidhanu people, employed the participants as they undertook paid training and on-the job work experience in civil construction, open cut mining and life skills.

Participants on the program were drawn from a number of communities stretching from north Queensland to eastern Northern Territory.

Mr O’Connor said during the 13 week program, participants gained valuable experience working alongside Myuma’s workforce on a number of projects, new mining camp facilities, road construction works, quarrying activities and exploration drilling.

“This program is a wonderful example of how accredited training when supported with work experience can achieve employment,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Twelve participants from the latest course have already secured full-time positions with organisations including Rio Tinto, Legend International Holdings, Incitec Pivot and Myuma.

“While further full time employment opportunities are being discussed with companies including Xstrata, Ozminerals, RoadTek and Seymour Whyte.”

“Four courses have now been completed at the Dugalunji Training Camp since last year and from 92 participants which began, 43 people have successfully moved from training into full-time employment.”

The Government has committed to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous employment within a decade by providing education and employment opportunities.