Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Aboriginal workforce win award

    12/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • AWDCs win Excellence in Public Sector Management Premier’s Award
    Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper has congratulated the agencies and bodies which contributed to the success of the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDC), recent winners of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management.
     
    “The high standard of service the Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres deliver is due to a number of organisations showing great dedication and co-operation,” Mr Cowper said.
     
    “The AWDCs were instigated as part of the State Training Board’s Training Together-Working Together Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy, released in June 2010.
     
    “Dr Sue Gordon and State Training Board chairman Keith Spence co-chaired the strategy’s development.”
     
    The State Government responded to the strategy by establishing Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres in Perth, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The Perth centre opened in March 2010 while the regional centres opened in early to mid-2011.
     
    “It was obvious from the outset that if AWDCs were to succeed in a State the size of Western Australia, with the diversity of need in indigenous employment, a number of bodies, both government and private, would need to work together,” the Minister said.
     
    Mr Cowper said Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres ‘joined the dots’, working in partnership with other organisations providing employment, career, training and mentoring services whether in government, private or not-for-profit sectors.
     
    “The centres do not duplicate existing services - they link services, value-add and broker solutions that lead to employment,” he said.
     
    “The Department of Training and Workforce Development took the lead and set up the AWDCs with assistance from Royalties for Regions funding for the centres in regional areas.”
     
          Fact File
    • Under Liberal-National Govt 12% increase in Aboriginal people enrolling in training
    • By July 2012, 312 Aboriginal job seekers had been placed in employment
    • Another 150 in training as part of Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy
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