Housing Minister Kim Hames has congratulated eight Aboriginal apprentices on their involvement in an innovative Ministry of Housing training scheme.
Dr Hames today met the Aboriginal apprentices and their employers at a New Living worksite in Girrawheen.
The apprentices are employed through the special Ministry of Housing scheme, in conjunction with West Australian Group Training (Inc).
One of the apprentices is a single mother and is training to become a painter.
Other trade options include bricklaying, plastering, carpentry and joinery. All eight apprentices are training at a mix of Ministry and private sites.
“This is something else we can celebrate in NAIDOC week - apprentices who are taking this opportunity to give themselves and their families a better future,” Dr Hames said.
“My thanks go to the employers who are making this training, in building related industries, possible.
“They have co-operated with the Ministry of Housing - well aware that it will not give them any preferential treatment when tendering for Ministry of Housing work.”
Dr Hames said that a great deal of effort and negotiation was necessary before the scheme could be put into place.
The Department of Training and Employment and the Department of Productivity and Labour Relations provided the Ministry with advice and the Commonwealth Department of Employment Workplace Relations and Small Business has subsidised the employers.
All Aboriginal Homeswest tenants living in and around New Living areas were invited to apply for these positions.
The apprentices began with a one-day induction course at the Balga campus of West Coast College of TAFE, covering site occupational health and safety.
“Special arrangements have been made to ensure maximum encouragement for the apprentices by deferring classroom training until after they have completed a year of on-the job training,” Dr Hames said.
The eight apprentices are Tamara Borsi, Marlon Abraham,
Thomas Smith, Arron Rodney, Craig Rodney, Lee Yarran,
Darryl Miller and Kenneth Miniter.
The employers are Liam Hayes, of Liam Hayes Bricklaying,
Stuart Robertson, of Plasterwise, Peter Foeken, of
Swan Painting Service and Nathan Solomon, a carpenter and joiner.
Fran Hodge (Minister’s office) on 9424 7450
Janet Wainwright, (Ministry of Housing) on 9222 4500