Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Apprenticeship and Traineeship initiative launched

    22/09/2006 1:07 PM

    A new and innovative vocational training program to provide better employment opportunities for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds has been announced today.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae launched the project, which focuses on youth from new and emerging communities, as a joint initiative between the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), the Department of Education and Training (DET) and Group Training WA (GTWA).

    GTWA will place 40 people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds into apprenticeships and traineeships throughout Western Australia, as well as developing a best practice model for recruiting and supporting people from the same backgrounds in apprenticeships and traineeships.

    “Employment is the most important aspect of migrant settlement,” Mr McRae said.

    “However, being able to get a job varies with the level of English proficiency, length of residence in Australia, educational qualifications and skill levels.

    “This program will target new and emerging communities, in recognition of the many difficulties that migrants face in becoming active and successful contributors in society.”

    Participants will be supported with language tuition, skills training, mentoring programs, interpreting and translating services and career counselling services.

    The proposed best practice model would address:
    • increasing awareness of apprenticeships and traineeships among people from a CaLD background;
    • establishing links and partnerships with ethnic community organisations and relevant non-Government agencies to assist group training organisations in the recruitment and retention of young people from a CaLD background; and
    • promoting awareness of CaLD apprentices and trainees to employer groups, employers and employment agencies.
    “Research clearly identifies migrants and refugees, or those who are ‘visibly’ different, as being disadvantaged when it comes to employment and entering the workforce,” the Minister said.

    “People targeted by this program may be job-ready or have the ability to succeed but have to overcome barriers that do not apply to other community members, including discrimination, prejudice, and even just uncertainty as to how they will cope in a particular workplace.”

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