Aboriginals to train for mining careers under new government funding
THE South Australian and Federal Governments have committed $709,000 to train up to 135 Aboriginal jobseekers to work in the mining sector.
Applications are now open for mining companies to partner with registered training organisations to apply for funding through the Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining program.
Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Tom Kenyon said the program has a particular impact on regional areas.
"The program, now in its third year, enables mining companies and training providers to benefit from providing opportunities for Aboriginal people, particularly in regional areas where mining is a key employer," Mr Kenyon said.
"The State Government is committing $531,000 during 2012-13 with a further $178,000 coming through a partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
"Projects in 2011-12 were delivered in Adelaide, Whyalla, Kadina, Ceduna and Marree, through training providers including TAFE SA Regional, Xceptional Recruitment Pty Ltd and Career Employment Group Inc.
"Qualifications studied included Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations and Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure.
"Businesses need to provide training based on industry needs, support Aboriginal jobseekers to overcome barriers to employment and commit to employing participants upon successful completion of the project to receive funding."
Mr Kenyon said the program is part of the state government's plan to halve the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal unemployment by 2018.
Applications for the program close at 5pm on Friday 9 November 2012. For further information on the Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining program, click here.