Archive for November, 2011

$19.1 million jobs package announced today

Aboriginal people in remote communities across the Northern Territory will have greater employment and economic opportunities under a $19.1 million jobs package announced today. This package is part of the work the Australian Government is doing to act on the priority issues for Aboriginal people living in remote communities in the Northern Territory.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, Minister for Sustainability, Tony Burke, and Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib, said the jobs package was the result of extensive consultations with Aboriginal people.

“We have listened to what Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory have told us – they want jobs in their communities with proper wages and conditions and we want to work with them to make this happen,” Ms Macklin said. “Having a job contributes to better health, encourages young people to get a decent education, and ultimately leads to stronger communities and local economies.”

50 new ranger positions in the Northern Territory

This package will deliver 50 new ranger positions in the Northern Territory for the Working on Country program which employs Indigenous people to protect and conserve Australia’s precious environment. Mr Burke said that there are already around 280 rangers currently working in the Northern Territory, and the new Working on Country ranger positions will be in addition to these.

“Working on Country builds on Indigenous traditional knowledge to protect and manage land,” Mr Burke said. “Rangers help to maintain, restore, protect and manage Australia’s environment and provide sustainable jobs for Indigenous people. As well as providing new job opportunities for Aboriginal people the rangers act as role models and educators for young Indigenous people.”

New ‘Local Jobs for Local People’ Indigenous traineeships

Senator Arbib said the Government would also improve opportunities for Aboriginal people to get access to existing jobs in their communities. “Through this package, we will strengthen our efforts to ensure local people fill the jobs available in their communities by providing more traineeships and job shadowing,” Senator Arbib said. “New ‘Local Jobs for Local People’ Indigenous traineeships will ensure up to 100 Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory are supported to fill service delivery jobs in their communities as these become available. “The traineeships provide targeted job-specific training for people and offer a period of “job shadowing” so that trainees become job ready through supported on-the-job experience. “Aboriginal people told us that too often they see jobs left vacant or filled by people from outside their community, when they feel they can do the work and should be given a chance. That’s what this package is all about.”

Indigenous students from Territory Growth Towns who complete year 12 Guaranteed a Job

The package will also increase opportunities for young people who stay at school and finish year 12, with Australian Government support for the Northern Territory Government’s initiative providing a job guarantee to Indigenous students from Territory Growth Towns who complete year 12. We will work with communities and the Northern Territory Government to ensure that those students also have job opportunities within the Australian Public Service as well as with organisations delivering Australian Government funded services. This will provide a broader range of opportunities for people who finish year 12 and help young people to see the benefits of a good education. We will also provide additional opportunities to better connect people to employers, particularly where people have specific skills that can be utilised.

Jobs brokers will help connect Aboriginal people with jobs in sectors that have labour shortages.

Indigenous Business Australia’s Indigenous Communities in Business program Expanded to two additional communities

The Government will extend Indigenous Business Australia’s Indigenous Communities in Business program to two additional communities to help support the development of new businesses and economic activity in remote areas. This will help local people identify and develop business ideas.

Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory can now share in our nation’s strong economy

The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said the Australian Government is committed to giving Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory the opportunity to share in our nation’s strong economy and enjoy the financial and social benefits of work. “We will continue to work in partnership with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build stronger futures together. We know jobs are key to this work,” Mr Snowdon said.

(Source: http://if.com.au/2011/11/07/article/Redfern-Now-to-create-over-250-jobs-and-support-Indigenous-employment/VFGKNIOOID.html)

[Mon 07/11/2011 02:00:55]

By Fay Al-Janabi

ABC TV’s first Indigenous-produced contemporary drama series is expected to create over 250 jobs.

The series, under the working title Redfern Now, will begin filming early next year and will employ Indigenous Australians as producers, directors, writers, actors, as well as general production and post-production staff.

Sally Riley, the head of ABC TV’s Indigenous department said Redfern Now is a turning point in the Australian television industry.

“We are providing the finance and infrastructure for real career opportunities for creative Indigenous Australians, which is very exciting,” she said in a statement. “This contribution to the industry will hopefully have an amazing impact for years to come.”

Redfern Now will be a collaborative effort between Blackfella films (First Australians) and English television scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern (Cracker).

The TV series will explore the explosive and dramatic stories of six households in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. The suburb is notorious for its contradictions – a gentrified, expensive neighbourhood tainted with illegal drug trade and Aboriginal struggle.

Australian film and television has increasingly explored the lives and struggles of Indigenous Australians. Mad Bastards and Toomelah, both released this year, drew inspiration from the realities of contemporary Indigenous Australian life. The ABC was also a major investor in 2009 award-winning Indigenous feature Samson & Delilah.

Redfern Now will be broadcast in late-2012. Cast and directors for the TV series will be announced at a later stage.

 

 

Indigenous jobs strategy could undergo radical overhaul | The Australian.

PATRICIA KARVELAS  From:The Australian 
CABINET will consider a radical overhaul of the government’s indigenous jobs strategy for Aborigines living in remote communities, with new one-stop economic development shops built to get people working.
Colin Chatfield and Kevin Lowe

A4e empowers Indigenous job seekers

A4e (Action for Employment), one of Australia’s leading providers of Indigenous employment services welcomed 15 graduates from an ‘Empowering Our Mob’ preparation course in Tamworth last Friday.

The ‘Empowering Our Mob’ program is an innovative Indigenous work preparation program specifically designed for Indigenous job seekers, to help them develop the necessary skills to find independent, quality and sustainable employment. The initiative is provided by A4e, as a Job Services Australia provider, funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

Empowering Our Mob is now in its third and final pilot run. The course has a success rate of more than 50 per cent with most graduates going on to further their education with traineeships to different employment opportunities ranging from casual to full-time jobs. They have also gained financial confidence to support their families and wider community.

In the week-long program participants create an updated resume, develop interview skills and an understanding of how to apply for their preferred jobs and how to communicate effectively with employers. Participants are also provided with motivational training to help them identify and overcome barriers to employment.

Emma Miller, Julia Davitt, Stephanie Elsley, Kevin Anderson (local MP) and Clifford Barden

Peter Adams, A4e Australia’s Business Development Manager for Indigenous employment, is confident the program will help all of the graduates to eventually secure sustainable jobs, allowing them to give back to the community.

“At A4e we are focused on closing the gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians, and showing the Indigenous community that wanted and relevant help is available for them to not only improve their employability, but also enhance their participation in their communities,” Peter said.

“I am proud to be a part of this program, and I am looking forward to seeing these strong, motivated Aboriginal people graduate on Friday with a renewed spirit and motivation.”

A4e job coach, Shirley Kirk, said Indigenous job seekers from past programs have provided positive feedback, saying the A4e trainers understood their backgrounds and social issues.

“Seeing job seekers enjoying themselves whilst learning new skills is very exciting, knowing this will be improving people’s lives in a variety of ways, both vocationally and in the wider community.”

Last week the graduates were congratulated by local Tamworth MP, Kevin Anderson, representatives from The Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Centrelink, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and several large, local employers.

Graduating Class: The Graduating Class. From Rear: Christopher Hunt, Nathan O’Leary, Colin Chatfield, Lisa Hetherington (AETS Trainer) Front: Stephanie Elsley, Kevin Anderson (MP) Clifford Barden, Roslyn Bayliss, Madison Carter and Sara Carter

“I am proud to be a part of this program, and I am looking forward to seeing these strong, motivated Aboriginal people graduate on Friday with a renewed spirit and motivation.”

A4e job coach, Shirley Kirk, said Indigenous job seekers from past programs have provided positive feedback, saying the A4e trainers understood their backgrounds and social issues.

“Seeing job seekers enjoying themselves whilst learning new skills is very exciting, knowing this will be improving people’s lives in a variety of ways, both vocationally and in the wider community.”

Last week the graduates were congratulated by local Tamworth MP, Kevin Anderson, representatives from The Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Centrelink, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and several large, local employers.

 

Find out more about Action for Employment here: http://www.mya4e.com/

Muway Constructions www.muwayconstructions.com.au, based in the Kimberley, is paving the way for creating sustainable remote communities throughout Western Australia. A partnership between the acclaimed Australian Eco Constructions www.ecoconstructions.com and Indigenous Traditional Owners, the benefits are mutual, progressive and highly rewarding. It gives Indigenous people the opportunity to share equally in the development and construction opportunities available on their traditional lands.

Joe Ross is a member of the Bunuba people from Fitzroy Crossing and has been prominent in the development of the Muway vision.

“It’s all about economic, environmental and cultural sustainability – the key elements to making remote Indigenous communities self sustainable.”

Muway Constructions nurtures local Indigenous tradespeople in a supportive learning environment, guided by Indigenous mentors. Young building apprentices and labourers can gain on the job practical experience with professional, qualified builders, and obtain an accredited qualification in building and/or machine operating. In return, Muway Constructions gains non-itinerant employees who best understand their region’s unique and often challenging building needs from a structural and cultural perspective. This unique collaboration also empowers Indigenous people with the means to start their own successful businesses in their home communities, thus generating local sustainable employment and income.

Muway Constructions is building for the future. The company seeks to minimise its ecological footprint, with minimal disturbance to the surrounding environment during construction. Building designs are cutting-edge, resource efficient and cost-effective – sustainable solutions for small and large scale residential, commercial and tourism projects.

About Muway Constructions
Muway Constructions is an innovative Indigenous joint venture construction company based in Western Australia’s remote North West. The award winning Australian Eco Constructions is forming strategic partnerships with Traditional Owners across Australia’s North West to build sustainable communities and environments. These unique collaborations, such as the already successful joint venture with Fitzroy Crossing’s Bunuba people, are built upon mutual respect and mutual benefits, nurturing qualified local Indigenous tradespeople who best understand the region’s unique building needs.

About Australian Eco Constructions
Australian Eco Constructions was established in 1995 by builder/developer Karl Plunkett. Based in Broome Western Australia, the company specialises in providing sustainable living systems and work places suited to tropical living.

 

Find Out More by visiting: http://www.muwayconstructions.com.au/

 

The Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership builds on current leadership skills and further develops important qualities and knowledge.  It assists students to identify their own strengths in order to plan their leadership journeys.  It establishes pathways to further education, and is an entry point to tertiary studies.

Residential # 1   14th to 20th  February 2012 ,  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Residential # 2  17th to 23rd April 2012,  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Course duration – The Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership is delivered over two seven day residential workshops with approximately two months of supported learning in between.  All assessment tasks for this period must be completed satisfactorily for eligibility to attend the second residential workshop.

The Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering nationally recognised training.

The AILC now invites applications from eligible Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for the above course.

The Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership aims to equip students with an array of competency based tools to address policy, management and administrative issues including quality service delivery and capacity development of groups, organisations and communities.

This accredited training gives students the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to commence in pivotal roles in Indigenous leadership.

The Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership is designed for Indigenous leaders who are currently engaged in Indigenous community organisations, government departments, the private sector, or corporations at community and regional levels who:

·       Want to help shape the future of their community and region.

·       Wish to develop the capacity and prospects to lead.

·       Are committed to developing and sharing a vision for Indigenous Australians

·       Aspire to connect with other Indigenous leaders to build networks and to advance their leadership skills and qualities

·       Are lifelong learners in leadership development and are able to meet AILC literacy requirements

If successful, the AILC will pay for all travel, accommodation and meals.  However, students will be required to share rooms.

The closing date for applications is 23rd December 2011

For further information, including application forms, please check the AILC website at www.indigenousleadership.org.au, contact the AILC on 02-6251 5770, email ailc@indigenousleadership.org.au or write to AILC, GPO Box 4110 Kingston ACT 2604

To download an application form:   http://www.indigenousleadership.org.au/our-courses-and-programs/certificate-courses/details/33-certificate-iv-in-indigenous-leadership-80880ACT

Rachelle Towart
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Ltd
PO Box 4110
KINGSTON  ACT  2604
Ph:  02 6251 5770

A group of nine women in the remote Indigenous community of Aurukun recently completed an innovative training program in Hairdressing, gaining skills that will help them to find meaningful employment whilst improving the services available within their community.

Last week, a group of local Indigenous women completed the final stages of a six week Certificate II Hairdressing course offered by Jobfind Centres Australia and funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).The course, which began in September, generated a great deal of excitement throughout the community as the women worked towards acquiring the skills and experience necessary to become qualified hairdressers – creating opportunities to work both within the community and elsewhere in the industry.With a 100% attendance rate, much of the course’s success can be attributed to the cultural awareness of its trainer and the innovative way in which it was delivered.

Typically the 100 hour course, which involves a mixture of theory and practical instruction, covers the classroom component before students are given any hands-on experience. However with the aim of keeping this particular group of participants engaged and on track to complete the course, it was necessary to consider a number of educational and cultural differences in order to effectively deliver the training.

“I’ve found that Indigenous people respond particularly well to covering the practical work up front”, said Gloria Standen, the course’s trainer. “They are hands-on people and, although their literacy levels may be low, once they complete the practical part of the course the books just make sense because they have already performed the tasks in a practical way.”

“This training program has been an outstanding success for the community of Aurukun and for the women involved, who I’m told really enjoyed the course”, says Stewart Williams, General Manager of Jobfind Centres Queensland. “We are pleased to announce that nine out of the thirteen participants who commenced the course are now eligible to progress onto Certificate III training in early 2012. Congratulations to all involved!”

About Jobfind Centres Australia
Jobfind is a division of the Angus Knight group of companies, an Australian-owned organisation with a proven, decade-long record of providing quality employment and training services. A provider of the Australian Government’s Job Services Australia, Jobfind has placed almost half a million people into jobs since its inception. For more information on Jobfind and the Angus Knight Group, please visit www.jobfindcentre.com.au
(source: http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/12596)