Taxpayer funded firm, STEPS Group Australia, sends woman staffer, Ming Lai, to remote communities without training in safe driving on bush roads, no working sat phone, not knowing how to engage 4WD, and when she complains she gets the sack. STEPS's response: "No comment." ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: "Got lost finally found my way to the Aged Care Facility. Stressed out, comforted by Lorraine," says Ming Lai.
A dozen Aboriginal people are joining Coles supermarket as permanent part-time employees, and six as casuals, after a high-pressure, week-long training course under a scheme that assesses at the individual abilities of each applicant. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Graduates this morning: Raelene Williams (at left) and Marcus Casey-Kirkman Junior (at right).
A facility for training fledgeling workers in the cattle industry will be launched this morning and will be named after prominent pastoralist Grant Heaslip, says NT Cattlemen’s Association president Chris Nott (pictured).
The café attached to the Institute of Aboriginal Development (IAD) will close in a few days. Neither IAD nor the café’s manager were prepared to be interviewed about the closure. But a former manager says a new Federal scheme gives hope for improvements in the training of young Aborigines. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: The cafe in its heyday.
A Certificate II in Rural Operations will provide "real training for real employees in real jobs including installing fencing, repairing potholes, operating machinery, maintaining landfills, operating chainsaws, maintaining septic systems and participating in sustainable work practices. The picture shows Kasman Spencer (left) and Geoffrey Wilson repairing a push whipper snipper as part of the "small engines" unit at the Yuendumu training.
The Remote Jobs and Communities Program was announced by the Federal Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Julie Collins (pictured left) in Alice Springs. It makes no mention of the initiative by her Northern Territory counterpart, Alison Anderson (pictured right), aiming to subject regional development to "integration and coordination across business, industry, the community and all levels of government". Both initiatives were announced yesterday and have roughly the same objectives in the same region and are trying to help the same people: But it appears that when it comes to spending public money, one hand, once again, cares little about what the other is doing. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A 15 day boot camp as apparently proposed by Correctional Services Minister John Elferink would be of little value.
That is the view of a member of the town council who, together with long-time youth worker Graham Ross, has been planning for years to set up a residential facility out bush for young people. PHOTO: Graham Ross (at left) and Cr Brown at the site in the Larapinta Valley where they hope to establish a camp for young people in trouble.