Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have much lower employment rates than other Australians due to factors including education, training and skill levels, poorer health, limited market opportunities, discrimination, and lower levels of job retention.
63% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples say that inadequate training and qualifications are a barrier to gaining employment, while 47% say they don’t have a good understanding of the rules of the workplace. To get work-ready, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers from remote communities might need to familiarise themselves with alarm clocks and getting to work without relying on someone from the community. 52% agree that not having the right job-specific training contributed to unemployment levels, while 57% named not having someone within the workplace to help them to settle in and feel supported as a key barrier to achieving employment. The same number believed a lack of numeracy and literacy skills prevented them from getting jobs [i].
[i] Source: Creative Spirits, Aboriginal employment, jobs & careers http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/…, accessed 31.03.2016.
Training 2 Employment
– Training 2 Employment
(T2E) places Indigenous people in real jobs. T2E delivers enterprise- based training in tourism and agriculture with a guaranteed job opportunity for all graduates. It has a national scope including operating in rural and remote regions. People are paid a proper wage while they undertake accredited training.