May 28, 2010

Inner West Job Seekers to receive Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support

Inner West Job Seekers to receive Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 28 2010

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, today said the Australian Government had announced funding for a local Language, Literacy and Numeracy program to assist jobseekers in the Inner West.

Mr Albanese said the program would help address Australia’s adult numeracy and literacy levels, which are a real barrier to our workplace productivity both at a national and local level.

“Under the program, ACL Mission Australia and MTC Training Solutions will provide Inner West job seekers with high quality training to address language, literacy and numeracy related barriers to sustainable employment or further education and training,” Anthony said.

“The Rudd Labor Government’s Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program provides up to 800 hours of free accredited training for eligible jobseekers, aiming to lift local long term productivity.

“The program will be of particular benefit to disadvantaged jobseekers in our area, including young Australians, Indigenous people and others in need of assistance to get into the workforce.

“If you are interested in joining the program or know of someone looking for work that would benefit from it, get them to contact their Centrelink, Job Services Australia or a Disability Employment Services office,” Anthony said.

Nationally, the program will be delivered in more than 350 locations across Australia, providing support for more than 70,000 jobseekers over the next four years.

The Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program is a key feature of the Rudd Labor Government’s Skills for Sustainable Growth package, announced in the 2010-2011 Budget.

The package also includes an extra 9,500 places under our Workplace English, Language and Literacy (WELL) program for existing workers who want to improve their skills and up to 8,000 places in informal learning programs such as Men’s Sheds.

For further information about the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program, visit: http://www.deewr.gov.au/llnp.