One hundred and fifty guaranteed jobs for Indigenous people across Victoria and Tasmania will be created thanks to a new Australian Government partnership announced today.
The new Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) for Victoria and Tasmania, the first servicing Tasmania, was announced today by Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, as a contribution to ending Indigenous disadvantage.
“This VTEC based in Melbourne, Victoria will connect Indigenous people across our most southern states to guaranteed jobs with local employers with an initial focus on business, health, sport and recreation, community and corporate organisations,” Minister Scullion said.
“Having a job helps people build the future they want for their families and communities.
“Aligning training to real jobs, in the way the VTEC model does, creates sustainable employment and helps secure a better future for Indigenous communities.”
The VTEC will be delivered by an independent, not-for-profit employment and education company, AFL SportsReady.
James Montgomery, the Chief Executive Officer of AFL SportsReady welcomed the Minister’s announcement.
“AFL SportsReady is national company that has been helping people find employment for more than 20 years,” said Mr Montgomery.
“Over that time we have helped start the careers of over 12,000 young people of whom over 1,300 have been Indigenous.
“As an employer with an Indigenous workforce of over 20 per cent, we recognise the importance of community ownership and cultural understanding in all that we do.
“We are looking forward to continuing our work with Victorian and Tasmanian employers to connect them with local Indigenous jobseekers, and will support those jobseekers in developing the skills that enable them to be successful in the workforce.”
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the demand-led employment model developed by GenerationOne.
Chief Executive Officer of GenerationOne, Jeremy Donovan, said the model is the future of Australian Indigenous vocational training and employment.
“Both employer and employee have confidence that from day one the new staff member will be ready to contribute to the company, that the post-employment support systems are in place and that the company has adequate cultural training,” Mr Donovan said.
The Australian Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs to place up to 5,000 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs across Australia.
The 28 VTECs are in Sydney, Hunter region of NSW, South Coast NSW and Western NSW, Brisbane, North and Central Qld, Darwin, Alice Springs, the Barkley Region NT, Victoria, Tasmania, Adelaide and regional areas of SA, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of WA.
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