Australia committed to supporting programs SEPFOPE

Dili - Australian Government, through the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Tourism (MRNT), Martin Ferguson ready to support the government's policy to send workers to Australia. The Australian government was a meeting between Minister Martin Ferguson and Secretary of State For Political Education Training and Employment (SEPFOPE) Ilidio da Costa Ximenes, Friday (22/2) at  Sepfope Office  Kaicoli-Dili.

The Australian Minister said that Australia has committed to continue to receive Timorese workers to go to work in the country based on the agreement that the government of both countries signed in December 2011. At the meeting, the Secretary of State Ilidio Ximenes said that Australia and East Timor have a good mutual cooperation and friendship strengthened even more by sending workers to the program of seasonal services in Australia.

The Secratario of State added that during this period the SEPFOPE had the support of Australia through AusAID for the IEP program and also to pragrama of TEABET benefiting youths and staff

Also alert by seasonal service program, young people can learn and gain experiences in copanhias and Australian companies when they return to East Timor to implement what they learned, "said Secretary Ilidio

He added that East Timor has a number of very high unemployment in the nation, with a percentage of 50% of the wheel according to data from Labour Force Survey 2010. In this contest, the SEPFOPE act with the policy of his practical action to fight back to these problems

Ilídio commented that since the year 2008 to SEPFOPE has been struggling politically and making negotiations with the government of Australia to send Timorese workers going to work in that country and get the agreement of the Pacific Seasonal Workers Program.

Under this agreement, East Timor began sending 12 workers to go to work in Broome in the hospitality from March 2012.  Ilídio promised that in 2013 the SEPFOPE hopes to send more than a hundred workers to work in Australia, because the processes are not equal to going to Australia with South Correa

He stressed further by saying that very recently an employer of Queensland, Australia also came to visit East Timor and met with workers and gave his expectation about the model and the skills he needed for employees who would be working on his fifth orange

This opportunity also favored the two motivations to future employers giving workers candidates totaling 302 people and also giving information about the way of life in the workplace in Australia appealing to take care discipline in the workplace.

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