Jobs and economic participation – a shift in priorities for Indigenous disadvantage?

Mr Barry King Director KLI Education will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference at the Gold Coast on “Jobs and economic participation – a shift in priorities for Indigenous disadvantage?”

When COAG set up Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage in 2007/8, six goals were identified – three are related to education, two are health outcomes and one is employment.

In the 2014 Prime Ministers report, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, confirmed that his government’s first priority is education ahead of employment.

We are proposing a rethink of priorities placing employment ahead of education and health. The basic rationale behind this approach is that there are already many Indigenous people ready for work now but unable to access jobs because of multiple barriers outside their control.

School based education is a long term goal whereas employment provides immediate results. In our Indigenous Jobs and Economic Participation (IJEP) Pathway we outline how employment, with on-the-job education, becomes the engine behind improved outcomes for Indigenous people not only in employment but also in education, health and culture. Imbedded in it, the IJEP Pathway has a proven PEOPLE Model  which transforms theory into practice.

Policies, whether they have evolved from political ideologies of the left or right, have  placed responsibility in varying degrees on individuals and governments.

We are introducing another dimension of equal importance– employers. The effectiveness of our proven PEOPLE Model is its ability to bring together these three key players, Indigenous people, governments and employers, as well as other stakeholders to address the multiple and complex barriers which both Indigenous people and employers continuously face in the jobs and economic environment. Our presentation will give an overview of the IJEP Pathway and the PEOPLE Model which has a 10 year proven record and how, together, they will work to speed up the process in achieving “Closing the Gap” goals.

About Barry King – Barry has been working in senior management and as a company director in the Northern Territory for over 25 years with extensive experience in remote Indigenous communities. Barry’s passion lies in the key areas of Indigenous education, training, apprenticeships and employment and career development. Through his management and consulting roles Barry has designed and implemented employment and training strategies, established and managed Indigenous Registered Training Organisations, employment services and a group training company as well as supported the development of Indigenous enterprises and businesses. Barry has also been a member of Northern Land Council project teams which have negotiated numerous Indigenous Land Use Agreements securing significant job and apprenticeship guarantees for Traditional Owners.

long term unemployment logo april18-19 August 2014: The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference in 2014 will focus on the at-risk groups:
Mature Age | Youth | Indigenous | Disability | Regional.
To find out more about the conference please visit the website