Mining sector jobs showcase for indigenous staff

AN INDIGENOUS Opportunity Roadshow will visit Bundaberg tomorrow to showcase employment opportunities in Queensland's booming energy sector for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.

Gidarjil Development Corporation managing director Kerry Blackman said the major aim of the roadshow was to develop an accurate database of the skills of indigenous people from these regions.

Gidarjil has partnered with Energy Skills Queensland to conduct a comprehensive Indigenous Skills Survey in the region, so that potential employees can be contacted directly and training can be provided in the areas most needed.

Mr Blackman said the survey will be used to provide a better match between indigenous job seekers and training, leading to employment.

"The survey will provide indigenous people in the Wide Bay/Burnett more chance of being matched with viable, long-term jobs," he said.

As well as the Indigenous Skills Survey, the Gidarjil Roadshow will showcase opportunities in indigenous arts, language and culture.

The CQ/Wide Bay Indigenous Arts Development officer and a representative from the CQ Language Centre will be on board to give accurate information about opportunities in indigenous arts and languages.

They will also collect information about people with skills in these areas so they can contact them with future opportunities.

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