Centre great idea as indigenous workers face new challenges
BACK on Track Training director Barry Boland, offering education, employment and training services in Rockhampton and all over the state, said he thought the centre was a great idea.
"It's a brilliant initiative and excellent opportunity for the indigenous to get into the mining sector," Mr Boland said yesterday.
"But I still think there are other areas within the local communities as well for indigenous employment.
"There are plenty of other areas like business, hospitality, retail, social and health services that people want to work in, not just the resource sector."
Mr Boland, who has trained more than 500 people over the past two years, said they were also in the process of establishing a new scheme that works with local businesses to engage indigenous employees.
"One of our main aims is to get more of the indigenous into local employment through an initiative called Dhanbarran," Mr Boland said.
"We still have the highest unemployment rate of around 48%, and now we've got to compete with other multi-cultural groups for employment in the region. So we've got a massive task ahead of us to try to change the perception, and we see that as a long-term goal for our training centre in the community."