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Aboriginal apprentices in Alice Springs will be given the chance to be awarded one of four $1000 scholarships from Territory Alliance, which has been delivering housing works in Alice Springs town camps as part of the Australian and Northern Territory governments' Alice Springs transformation plan.
The scholarships will be administered by the Master Builders Association and awarded each year for the next four years. The money will go towards apprenticeship costs such as tools, travel and accommodation.
Territory Alliance has been working in Alice Springs for the past two years. During this time, the Alliance has employed 62 Indigenous workers, placed another 27 with subcontractors and worked closely with organisations such as Ingkerreke Outstation Resources and Tangentyere Council.
Eight young people were also recruited through a partnership agreement with the Clontarf Foundation. Career plans were developed for these workers who received training in either construction, carpentry, plumbing or civil construction. By providing a supportive work environment, the right training and a workplace mentor, there is now a local pool of people who have a good work ethic and the skills to go on to trade jobs in their home town of Alice Springs.
The scholarships will be administered by the Master Builders Association and awarded each year for the next four years. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Master Builders Association
Master Builders Australia
Level 1, 16 Bentham Street
PO Box 7170
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Ph: (02) 6202 8888
Fax: (02) 6202 8877