MP launches train­ing ser­vice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A NEW $4 mil­lion strat­egy has been launched to im­prove train­ing for Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der people, de­liv­er­ing on the State Govern­ment’s elec­tion prom­ise to re­vi­talise front­line ser­vices.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment John-Paul Lang­broek said the in­vest­ment sup­ported the govern­ment’s long-term in­vest­ment in the eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Queens­lan­ders.

‘‘We are com­mit­ted to indige­nous Queens­lan­ders hav­ing the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as non­indige­nous people," Mr Lang­broek said.

‘‘All Queens­lan­ders should be af­forded the same chance to con­trib­ute to and ben­e­fit from the state’s pros­per­ity.

‘‘The state will in­vest $1 mil­lion each year for four years to fund train­ing projects that will help indige­nous people un­der­take and com­plete train­ing that leads to jobs,’’ Mr Lang­broek said.

The fund­ing was in ad­di­tion to the govern­ment’s ex­ist­ing sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in train­ing strate­gies like the Cer­tifi­cate 3 Guar­an­tee.

‘‘Lo­cal em­ploy­ers and indige­nous or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as in­dus­try will be in­volved in iden­ti­fy­ing the skills and em­ploy­ment needs as well as the ge­o­graphic ar­eas where they are needed," he said.

Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Min­is­ter Glen Elmes said the un­em­ploy­ment rate among indige­nous Queens­lan­ders was un­ac­cept­ably high and the best way to ad­dress that was through tar­geted train­ing.

‘‘This govern­ment is fo­cussed on pro­vid­ing train­ing linked to jobs, un­like the pre­vi­ous La­bor govern­ment which pro­vided train­ing for train­ing’s sake with no con­nec­tion to em­ploy­ment. The re­sult was a still largely un­em­ployed, work-aged indige­nous pop­u­la­tion,’’ Mr Elmes said. ‘‘In­creased em­ploy­ment is fun­da­men­tal to se­cur­ing a bet­ter eco­nomic fu­ture for indige­nous people as a way of in­creas­ing com­mu­nity sus­tain­abil­ity, sup­port­ing self­suf­fi­ciency and im­prov­ing so­cial co­he­sion.

‘‘This train­ing strat­egy is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the govern­ment’s Indige­nous Eco­nomic Par­tic­i­pa­tion Frame­work re­leased at the end of last year.

‘‘A prin­ci­pal fo­cus of the frame­work is to link emerg­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­sources, tourism and agri­cul­ture sec­tors to greater em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties."

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