(CommGovSpin) Army congratulates indigenous trainees

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 25/09/2004 - 00:44

Soldiers deployed as part of the ATSIC Army Community Assistance Program (AACAP) will recognise the achievements of 13 indigenous trainees tomorrow during a ceremony in the remote Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) of Far North Queensland.

Department of Defence Media Mail List


CPA 214/04
Friday, 24 September 2004

The ceremony will be hosted by Major Steve Gliddon, Officer Commanding the 21st Construction Squadron, and will be held at the New Mapoon Community Youth Centre to mark the culmination of 15 Weeks of training undertaken by 13 participants from the NPA.

The Land Commander of Australia, Major General Ken Gillespie will attend the ceremony and present the certificates as part of a visit to observe the soldiers of the 21st Construction Squadron and 19th Chief Engineer Works deployed to the NPA.

"The centrepiece of this year's training program is an accredited pre-vocational course in carpentry. The pre-vocational certificate covers most of the first year competencies for an apprenticeship in the construction industry. This training has provided each participant with the ability to continue on into an apprenticeship or to work for the local councils as subcontractors." MAJ Gliddon said.

"The ceremony will help recognise the trainees' achievements over the past 15 weeks. During the ceremony they will be presented with their pre-vocational certificates and individual trade tool boxes." MAJ Gliddon said.

AACAP has been an ongoing success story since 1997 and has demonstrated the effectiveness of the agencies involved, namely ATSIC, Defence and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, working together to provide better living conditions for indigenous Australians in remote communities.

MAJGEN Gillespie said it was inspiring to see soldiers working along side local indigenous communities to build better infrastructure and living conditions for those in remote parts of Australia.

"Most Australians know we have soldiers deployed on operations around the world, but they don't realise the extent of the difficult and demanding conditions faced by our troops right here in Australia," MAJGEN Gillespie said.

The AACAP training program couldn't have happened without the support of a number of organisations including ITEC Employment, the Queensland Department of Employment and Training, Tropical North Institute of TAFE, and Injinoo, Umagico and New Mapoon Aboriginal Councils.

Media please note: Major General Gillespie, Major Gliddon and the trainees are available for interview through Defence Media Liaison. A series of fact sheets on AACAP is available at www.defence.gov.au

Media contact:
Defence Media Liaison
(02) 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664



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