North Brisbane now has its first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place up to 150 Indigenous people into guaranteed jobs in multiple industries.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced the Centre today saying the VTEC model brought an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake.
“The north Brisbane VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 150 people who complete specific training. The jobs will be in multiple industries, such as hospitality and transport and logistics,” Minister Scullion said.
“It’s vital that employment programmes are aligned to real jobs because getting Indigenous Australians into ongoing employment is critical to reducing Indigenous disadvantage.”
The north Brisbane VTEC will be run by Mission Australia, which is an organisation that has a specific focus assisting disadvantaged job seekers developed during 33 years in vocational programs, including 15 years delivering Australian Government employment programs.
The Mission Australia Annual Report 2013 notes the organisation helped almost 20,880 Australians into sustainable employment.
The Mission Australia VTEC will be delivered through the organisation’s Major Accounts and Indigenous Programs business unit. This team comprises more than 80 per cent Aboriginal staff who have links to the local Indigenous community and networks. All staff members within this unit hold a Certificate IV qualification in Mentoring (Indigenous) and Mission Australia has committed all new staff members towards the same qualification.
The Mission Australia VTEC staff are experienced in working with employers to determine their specific requirements and expectations. The recent State Indigenous Employment Programs achieved a placement rate of 110 per cent of contracted placements working with 50 employers to recruit, retain and develop Indigenous staff.
The Australian Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs to place up to 5,000 Indigenous Australians into guaranteed jobs across Australia before July 2015.
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model. GenerationOne manages the Australian Employment Covenant, an industry-led initiative that has established more than 60,000 job pledges for Indigenous Australians from Australian companies.
“The VTEC model is based on strong collaboration between employers, employment and training service providers, participation support services and local Indigenous communities,” Minister Scullion said.
“As part of the process of rolling out the VTEC model, we have spoken to employers across the country to determine where the jobs are located and what industries they are in.
“Increasing Indigenous employment is one of the three key priorities of the Australian Government and I congratulate GenerationOne on its enthusiastic involvement in this critical area.”
GenerationOne National Development Director, Jeremy Donovan, said VTECs were driven by a demand-led employment model that was 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.
Mission Australia General Manger for Employment and Skills, Anthony Steel, said that as a major provider of programs and supports for Australians in need, Mission Australia is pleased to be a part of this important pilot program aimed at boosting Indigenous employment in Queensland.
“We are committed to delivering outcome-driven programs that provide real solutions to tackling unemployment, and we have a strong track record in working with Indigenous Queenslanders to assist them into the workforce,” Mr Steel said.
“We know the best outcomes are achieved when you work in partnership with employers, trainers and the job seekers themselves to ensure sustainable job opportunities are created and that the placements are long-lasting.
“The VTEC initiative provides an important opportunity to demonstrate the value of this collaborative approach, which places jobs at the heart of the model and ensures the right training and mentoring is available to support people to maintain their employment.”
VTECs will be located in Sydney, The Hunter Region, South Coast NSW, Brisbane, North and Central Queensland, Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, The Barkley Region of the Northern Territory, the Kimberley and Adelaide.
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