Alliance to lift skills
IMPROVING skills and job training opportunities for indigenous workers is the aim of a new partnership between unions and the Jack Thompson Foundation.
ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence says the alliance will empower indigenous Australians and their communities through a strengthened skills base.
‘‘ The Jack Thompson Foundation is already doing fantastic work in this area, training young indigenous people in construction trades so that they can use their skills to build homes in their local areas,’’ he says.
‘‘ We know how important it is to ensure we have a skilled workforce, which means the needs of communities are met but also so that individuals have a chance to contribute to their communities and to earn a living.’’
One of the partnership’s immediate goals would be to secure more apprenticeship opportunities for young indigenous Australians and trade training mentors may be seconded to remote townships.