Push for more indigenous youths in the workforce

MARIE Keating is the driving force behind a new initiative to get indigenous youths into the workforce in the Rockhampton region.

MARIE Keating is the driving force behind a new initiative to get indigenous youths into the workforce in the Rockhampton region.

Community figures have come together to address the issue of unemployment, with figures from the 2011 Census showing more than one in two indigenous people does not work in the Rockhampton region.

A new training program is being launched, that could lead to future jobs for indigenous people in the environment and land sectors.

The program will see indigenous youths connect with the land by taking a Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (Indigenous Land Management).

Capricornia Training Company's CEO Marie Keating said this program was unique in its support for trainees and raising cultural awareness.

"The innovation in this program is providing vocational training that enhances cultural understanding, while gaining highly sought after skills in environment and land management."

"We feel that this is a qualification needed for the future," Ms Keating said.

The program will give Indigenous youths the opportunity of developing their spiritual connection with the land, while developing skills and ongoing employment in the environment and land management sectors.

"This could lead to Indigenous people being employed in construction, land conservation and even mining," Ms Keating said.

Twenty-five Indigenous youth and mature candidates can take the training either as full time trainees or school-based trainees.

For more information on the traineeships call 4922 2008.

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