The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel, Scullion, has welcomed a commitment from leading Australian company Programmed and GenerationOne to create up to 5000 additional jobs for First Australians.
The commitment, over 10 years, was secured by Mr Andrew Forrest and announced at a meeting between the Prime Minister and Mr Forrest in Parliament House tonight. Programmed is a company focused on staffing, maintenance and facility management services.
Minister Scullion praised Mr Forrest for the leadership he had shown in securing this commitment.
“Mr Forrest has had a long commitment to creating jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through GenerationOne, which he founded in 2008,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government’s successful Vocational Education and Training Centres initiative, based on the GenerationOne demand-driven model, has resulted in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being placed into more than 5000 jobs – 70 per cent in the most disadvantaged categories.
“Through the Coalition’s suite of employment programmes, 60 First Australians are being placed into jobs every day and this commitment from Programmed and GenerationOne will add to this and help to create a brighter future for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.”