Al­liance to lift skills

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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.

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