The Australian Government is supporting local efforts to facilitate improved employment and training outcomes for Indigenous job seekers in Cairns.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, announced funding of $42,200 to an Indigenous owned business, Envizion Group Inc, to develop a strategic plan, business plan and undertake business mentoring.
Minister Scullion said a key priority for the Government was to ensure as many Indigenous people as possible are working in real jobs, with the funding being provided by the Australian Government’s Jobs, Land and Economy Programme.
The Jobs, Land and Economy Programme funds a broad range of activities that assist Indigenous communities, industry bodies and employers to create jobs and industries for Indigenous people.
“These activities develop the Indigenous workforce and economic development that supports local and regional economic growth,” Minister Scullion said.
Mr Entsch said as a training provider Envizion Group specialised in the delivery of social development, pre-employment, life skills, mentor training and engagement.
“The project will enhance Envizion’s business capacity and provide the strategic direction aimed at improving their commercial sustainability,” Mr Entsch said.
“They also deliver Registered Training Organisation certified courses and intensive customised in-house and on-site training programmes for people experiencing a range of complex and personal issues.
“This will not only help an Indigenous owned business to improve its feasibility and sustainability ensuring Indigenous owners partake in economic activity but also help others into employment through its services,” Mr Entsch said.