South Australia provides funding for Indigenous job seekers

$709,000 worth of funding has been announced for the Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining (CAPM) program, which will train indigenous jobseekers in South Australia.

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Tom Kenyon said qualifications which could be studied included Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations and Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure, Adelaide now reported.

"Projects in 2011-12 were delivered in Adelaide, Whyalla, Kadina, Ceduna and Marree, through training providers including TAFE SA Regional, Xceptional Recruitment Pty Ltd and Career Employment Group Inc," he said.

"A number of employers have supported projects by providing work experience and employment opportunities, including Rex Minerals, HWE Mining, Iluka Resources, Arid Recovery, Sodexo, Heading Contractors and WorkPac, as well as Xceptional Recruitment and Career Employment Group.

"Businesses need to provide training based on industry needs, support Aboriginal jobseekers to overcome barriers to employment and commit to employing participants upon successful completion of the project to receive funding."

This will be the third round of funding for the CAPM project which has been running since 2010.

According to its website, employers can apply for CAPM funding to support ‘projects that connect Aboriginal jobseekers to employment in the mining, resources and supporting industries.’

“Projects must support Aboriginal jobseekers overcome barriers to employment, deliver industry relevant training and commit to employ participants after they successfully complete their training.”

Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology manager aboriginal industry engagement Tracey Dodd said cultural training was also offered.

"If the companies haven't worked with aboriginal people before we can fund programs to help them understand the culture of the people they'll be working with," she said.

Earlier this year, mining magnate Andrew Forrest said his "heart bleeds" when he sees foreign workers fill mining jobs that could otherwise be taken by indigenous Australians.

Forrest pointed to skilled migration and said some vacancies could easily be filled by indigenous workers if they were given a small amount of training and a chance.

Forrest established the Australian Employment Covenant in 2008 with the aim of creating 50,000 indigenous jobs.

Applications for the current CAPM round close on November 9.