Indigenous Territorians living in remote communities will have the opportunity to be trained and transitioned into the workforce as part of the Territory Government Asbestos Removal Program.
Minister for Community Services Bess Price said the program is a wonderful opportunity for people living in the bush to gain more experience in the workforce.
“The Asbestos Removal Program provides employment opportunities for more than 200 Indigenous Territorians and equips them with nationally accredited training and skills,” Mrs Price said.
“Panel contracts to the value of $4.31 million have already been awarded to businesses in a number of remote communities throughout the Territory for the inspection, testing and removal of asbestos.”
Yesterday Minister Bess Price visited Maningrida and met with the contractors, participants and trainers whose Asbestos Removal Program commences in the community today.
“It was great to visit Maningrida and catch up with trainees who were very excited to get the program up and running.”
Training and assessment is flexibly designed and includes classroom theory and practical components. Supervised ‘on the job’ work experience is provided in addition to training.
“When participants complete training they will be transitioned into the workforce with formal supervision and mentoring before receiving formal credit and recognition for their asbestos removal skills,” Mrs Price said.
“Training provides participants with the skills to gain other employment opportunities within asbestos removal industries and possible business enterprise opportunities in their communities.
“The program also improves community awareness of asbestos and how it is managed.”
Under the Asbestos Removal Program, the NT Department of Community Services is responsible for the delivery of works for the removal of asbestos from public buildings in 34 remote communities and reinspection in 19 communities.
The Territory Government’s total budget for the asbestos removal program training and works is $19.543 million, with planned completion by end of 2016.
Successful pilot training was conducted for this program in Belyuen and Ramingining, where all 15 trainees received on the job experience and future employment in asbestos removal.
Work in Maningrida is expected to be completed by the end of October.