Remote workers will get on the job training to assist in the provision of essential services with Federal Government funding for a Remote Workforce Development Programme, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced today.
Minister Scullion said $800,000 over 4 years has been made available through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to the Centre for Appropriate Technology, based at the Desert Peoples Centre in Alice Springs.
“The Remote Workforce Development Programme will provide place-based on-the-job training for 70 employees of remote based organisations, including Regional Councils, and other service providers and Aboriginal organisations that require technical skills development to undertake the requirements of their jobs,” Minister Scullion said.
“The skills and jobs are related to the provision of essential services and will be negotiated by community on a needs basis but will be broadly related to the provision of power, water, and other essential infrastructure in remote communities.”
Communities recommended for the programme are Amoonguna, Titjikala, Santa Teresa, Finke, Imanpa, Atitjere, Engawala, Docker River, Areyonga, Ntaria, Mt Liebig, Haasts Bluff, Papunya, Arlparra, Ampilatawatja, and Canteen Creek.
“As a Government we have promised to end training for training’s sake. This programme has on the job place-based training for specific skills and jobs needed for each community and will not only boost skills and employment for workers in these communities, it will also improve the essential services in these communities.”
“This will see such services run by locals and have them participating in the real economy, and importantly no longer dependent on welfare,” Minister Scullion said.
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2015-09-25 Remote Workforce Development programme IAS release.pdf