Rudd commits to Indigenous training plan
Posted 10 hours 56 minutes ago
Updated 9 hours 29 minutes ago
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has committed the Government to providing training places for a scheme to create 50,000 jobs for Indigenous Australians.
Australia's richest man and the head of Fortescue Metals, Andrew Forrest, is behind the plan for the corporate sector to create the jobs.
He has asked the Government to support the proposal and Mr Rudd has told Channel Nine he is happy to help.
"We'll do so in a practical way by providing the necessary training places to support those Indigenous Australians to make them training ready to go into those companies which Andrew Forrest will help us bring about," he said.
"It's a practical program, it's a big plan on his part, very tough goals he's set for himself, but we're prepared to support his enterprise.
"In all, the Australian employers that I've met are they ready for that challenge, do they have the heart for that challenge, do they have the ability to meet this challenge? The answer's absolutely yes."