Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has welcomed a 10-year partnership between Leighton Contractors and non-profit organisation CareerTrackers to bolster Indigenous employment.
"This partnership shows the goodwill that exists in corporate Australia to increase employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians," Mr Tudge said.
CareerTrackers is a national organisation that works with Indigenous university students and private sector companies to create career pathways for Indigenous Australians.
The partnership will result in Leighton Contractors increasing the number of Indigenous students who start working at the construction firm each year, as well as the number who undertake internships and are offered places in the firm’s graduate programme.
"I congratulate Leighton Contractors and CareerTrackers on entering into this partnership, which will ensure many more young Indigenous Australians are given an opportunity to advance their careers by working for one of Australia’s major construction firms.
"The Australian Government is absolutely committed to working with corporate Australia and the not-for-profit sector to boost job opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
"This is reflected in the support the Government has provided to both CareerTrackers and Leighton Contractors through our Indigenous Employment Programme."
The Government has commissioned a review of Indigenous training and employment programmes, led by Mr Andrew Forrest. Mr Forrest will report to the Government in April.