Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Indigenous trainees sought for tourism sector

    9/11/2005 12:00 AM
     
    9/11/05

    Expressions of interest are being sought from visitor centres wanting to participate in the 2006 Visitor Centre Indigenous Traineeship Scheme, Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said today.

    Mr McGowan urged indigenous people with an interest in tourism to apply for a traineeship position with visitor centres that participated in the scheme.

    The scheme is a partnership between Tourism WA and the Hospitality and Tourism Industry Training Council and aims to place indigenous workers in the front line of regional tourism.

    “This scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for indigenous people to broaden their career options within tourism,” the Minister said.

    “The indigenous tourism sector is growing steadily in Western Australia and it is important that the jobs and opportunities created as a result flow on to the indigenous population.

    “The scheme will also help provide additional staff for visitor centres throughout the State - all of which are eligible to apply before the December 16 deadline.

    “Participating visitor centres will receive funding support from Tourism WA and the Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to employ a trainee for 12 months.”

    Visitor centres currently participating in the program are Derby, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, the West Australian Visitor Centre in Perth, and Rottnest Island.

    The Hospitality and Tourism Industry Training Council is providing a vital role to the trainees and visitor centres by supplying advice on training issues and assistance with employee relations matters.

    The scheme is part of a $3.7million State Government commitment to visitor servicing, following the release of the Visitor Servicing Study in 2004, which outlined how best to serve the information needs of the State's domestic and international visitors.

    For further information on the scheme, or to register an expression of interest, please contact Karen Richardson-Bennett on 9322 9922 or via email on karenrb@bigpond.net.au

    Minister's office - 9222 9111