PM launches report

VIP visit: Cate Sydes (centre) said meeting the Prime Minister meant a great deal to trainees. Pictured is bricklaying trainee Luke Brady. Picture: Geoff Jones

VIP visit: Cate Sydes (centre) said meeting the Prime Minister meant a great deal to trainees. Pictured is bricklaying trainee Luke Brady. Picture: Geoff Jones

INDIGENOUS trainees got the chance to share their dreams for the future with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Blacktown on Friday.

Mr Abbott was in town to launch the Indigenous Jobs and Training Review, compiled by mining magnate Andrew Forrest and aimed at ending indigenous disparity.

Marist Youth Care (MYC) headquarters in Blacktown is one of the first two Vocational Training and Employment Centres in Australia.

The federal government has provided funding to Marist Youth Care to deliver an indigenous employment program in western Sydney based on the Generation One model.

It aims to provide sustainable employment outcomes for 250 indigenous locals from the Mount Druitt-Blacktown area between January 2014 and June 2015.

"Today is a watershed day for the indigenous community," Mr Abbott said. "It's the debate we have to have to build a bigger, better and braver Australia."

Mr Forrest said his recommendations were the ideas of indigenous people.

Marist Youth Care chief executive Cate Sydes welcomed the report but said she didn't agree with all of the ideas: "The indigenous need support in employment because they face more barriers," she said.

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