MP launches training service
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."