Twelve Indigenous job seekers will be provided with employment opportunities through a new pharmacy training project in South Australia.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today announced that Trainway Pty Ltd would receive $182,480 for the project through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Programme (IEP).
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring as many Indigenous people as possible are working in real jobs,” Minister Scullion said.
“The IEP funds projects which encourage employers to provide sustainable employment opportunities and which drive practical Indigenous businesses and economic opportunities in urban, regional and remote areas.”
Minister Scullion said Trainway Pty Ltd would place 12 Indigenous job seekers into employment in pharmacies allied with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as dispensary assistants.
“Pre-employment training has been developed in partnership with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Service Skills SA,” Minister Scullion said.
“The training will provide these job seekers with the skills and knowledge to assist in the selection, processing and labelling of prescription medicines.
“Employment is guaranteed through a number of pharmacies within the Adelaide metropolitan region.
“Fourteen Indigenous job seekers have commenced the pre-employment component of the project, of whom twelve will enter into a 52 week pharmaceutical traineeship.
“In addition to providing employment opportunities for Indigenous people, this project will foster a stronger relationship between pharmacies and Aboriginal Health Services to facilitate more effective interaction within Aboriginal communities.
“Over time, this can help improve medication compliance and health outcomes.”
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