The WA Government has announced it will provide $1.35 million in funding to develop and implement initiatives that will support training and employment for Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Employment Enabling Program will grant funds to employers and organisations in the Kimberley and Goldfields-Esperance region to develop and implement targeted practical training and employment support. The initiative will fund various activities and projects, including improving cultural competence, recruitment and retention of Aboriginal employees and employment accessibility. The AEEP grants are expected to be delivered throughout 2024 and 2025 as part of the 2023-24 State Budget, administered by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Training and Workforce Development Minister Simon McGurk said the Cook Government was committed to lifting the participation of Aboriginal people in training and employment. “To do that we need to reduce the barriers Aboriginal people face as well as provide additional wrap-around supports,” she said. “The AEEP grants are a practical way that our Government can support local organisations to deliver targeted training and employment services and projects that meet the needs of their communities. Member for Kimberley Divina D’Anna said the grants were “so important” as the State wants to see more Aboriginal people take advantage of training opportunities and employment. “The grants provide organisations with the opportunity to build their capacity to help Aboriginal people get jobs, giving people the opportunity to study and train further without having to leave their communities,” she said. The application pack for AEEP Grants program is now available on www.tenders.wa.gov.au, with applications closing 5pm Friday, March 22.