Joint Media Release with Senator The Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will this year expand its Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme to a further nine federal public sector agencies.
The entry-level employment and development program will give permanent, full time work and on-the-job training for more than 200 successful candidates.
Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said DHS has a strong track record in providing diverse opportunities for Indigenous employees.
“I am very pleased the expertise within Human Services will now be extended to assist Defence, Immigration, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Social Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Health, Environment, Austrade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
“This latest expansion is a vote of confidence in my department’s programme.
“DHS has a nationwide footprint, providing Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services to urban, regional and remote communities and it’s important that the people delivering government services are reflective of the communities they serve,” Minister Payne said.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Sen. Nigel Scullion, said the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme is an important part of the government’s Indigenous employment strategy, and is helping bridge the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in employment.
“The Government is focussed on increasing Indigenous representation in the Commonwealth public sector and has committed to increasing the Indigenous workforce to three per cent by 2018,” he said.
“I’m proud to say the Department of Human Services – one of the biggest employers of Indigenous people – last year exceeded the former Commonwealth target significantly, with four per cent representation.
“The Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme was established in 2007 and leads the way in recruiting bright young employees and driving greater Indigenous representation in the public sector.”
Applications for the 2015 programme will be accepted between Wednesday 25 March and Wednesday 22 April and successful candidates will start with one of the nine public sector agencies in late July.
Applications can be lodged online at humanservices.gov.au/indigenousapprenticeships and further information is available on 1300 193 530 or via email IAP@chandlermacleod.com
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