Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today announced 10 Indigenous Australians would receive training and job opportunities in the community services sector in Western Sydney.
Launching the program, Senator Arbib said the Government was providing $100,000 in funding through the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) over the next 12 months to assist Marist Youth Care.
“This project with Marist Youth Care is creating fantastic opportunities for Indigenous Australians to gain accredited qualifications and long-term job opportunities,” Senator Arbib said.
“The Indigenous Australians taking part in this program will have the chance to make a real difference, not only for themselves and their families, but to the lives of young people in Western Sydney.”
Mr Husic said the successful participants would gain a Certificate IV in Community Services and be offered permanent employment as youth or support workers.
“We’re not just talking about training places here, we’re talking about real jobs,” Mr Husic said.
“Who knows better the challenges faced by young people living in Western Sydney than local people.”
“Marist Youth Care has a proven track record of being able to deliver the sort of outcomes that the Government and local residents are looking for.”
“This is a fantastic initiative – helping train up a range of people able to make a real difference for local communities as youth workers.”
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.
* Joint media release with Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib