CHRIS BOWEN MP, MINISTER FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION, SKILLS SCIENCE AND RESEARCH, MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS
$225,000 FOR NEW JOBS INITIATIVES ON THE NSW MID NORTH COAST
7 March 2013
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, today announced a new initiative for the Mid North Coast Industry Vocational Training and Employment Centre (IVTEC) to boost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and aged care job opportunities.
A strategic alliance between the Arthur Beetson Foundation and Future Ambition to provide a complete start-to-finish system will assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to find sustainable employment.
The program will deliver employment outcomes for approximately 50 Indigenous job seekers on the Mid North Coast before expanding into other areas.
Mr Bowen said the $255,000 investment builds on the Government’s existing $1.35 million funding for jobs projects on the NSW Mid North Coast and, altogether, would go a long way to boost skills and employment opportunities in the region.
“This initiative will help to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment participation, not only in the initial recruitment, but in promoting long-term success by providing ongoing support to retain and develop Indigenous employees,” Mr Bowen said.
“This will be achieved by identifying job seekers and employment opportunities, placing job seekers into suitable roles, and providing ongoing support to both the new starters and their employers.
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australians, especially those living on the Mid North Coast, have access to the training and support that will help them find rewarding jobs.
“That is why we are investing over $15 billion over the next four years in the vocational education system, and have programs to help students succeed in their studies and careers.”
The Government is already supporting training and employment in the region through the:
• Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation, $800,000;
• Pathways to the Pilbara Pty Ltd program, $400,000;
• Greater Taree Council program, $75,000; and
• Port Macquarie Hastings Council, $75,000.