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New Indigenous and Industry Training Centre is perfect timing

BIG LAUNCH: Officials celebrate the opening of the Indigenous and Industry Training Centre at Collingwood Park.
BIG LAUNCH: Officials celebrate the opening of the Indigenous and Industry Training Centre at Collingwood Park. Contributed

WITH indigenous unemployment nearly three times the general rate, a new Indigenous and Industry Training Centre at Collingwood Park couldn't have come at a better time.

After almost two years of planning and construction, Challenge Employment and Training launched the centre at its Collingwood Park Campus on Thursday.

Challenge CEO, Richard Lindner said indigenous unemployment in Ipswich was far too high at 18.5%; the situation was unacceptable but could be changed if the community worked together.

Mr Lindner said the new facility formed part of an organisational commitment to address indigenous unemployment both through its own efforts and in collaboration with others.

He said the new facility would provide training for real jobs for local indigenous job seekers and challenge would emphasise strong links with local employers to place training graduates into jobs.

The Centre will feature vocational training in construction, engineering and horticulture - giving new opportunities in blue collar and green collar jobs.

Funding for the centre has been provided by the Australian Government and included a significant contribution from Challenge's owner - Ipswich Yupi Program.




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