North Queensland now has its first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will provide training and guaranteed jobs in multiple industries for up to 150 Indigenous people.
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 Cairns VTEC will provide training and guaranteed jobs in mining industries for up to 150 Indigenous people,” Minister Scullion said.
“It’s vital that training programmes are aligned to real jobs because getting Indigenous Australians into ongoing employment is critical to reducing Indigenous disadvantage,” Minister Scullion said.
“The North Queensland VTEC will be run by the Myuma Group, which has more than 15 years experience in Indigenous prevocational training programmes meeting the needs of both employers and Indigenous job seekers, resulting in sustainable jobs in the resources and construction industries for some of the most disadvantaged job seekers in Queensland.”
The Australian Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs to place up to 5,000 Indigenous Australians into specific 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 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 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.
Managing Director of Myuma Pty Ltd, Colin Saltmere, said that the Myuma Group looked forward to the opportunity to work with the Australian Government through the new VTEC model.
“As part of the Myuma Group’s set of Aboriginal-owned social enterprises, Myuma is deeply committed to enhancing the economic, social and cultural well-being of Indigenous Australians. We have long believed that the key to achieving this is to engage with, and foster, those businesses that can best provide meaningful employment for Indigenous people.
“Over the past decade, Myuma has developed an extensive network of industry and community partners, who work with us to deliver sustainable employment and training outcomes to Indigenous people – particularly in the civil construction, mining and affiliated industries, in remote and regional Queensland.
“We believe that the VTEC model dovetails well with our established operations and will support us to continue our success into the future, for the benefit of Indigenous people and the broader Australian economy.
“The model suits our multiple stakeholders. It respects Aboriginal communities’ choice of provider, and it builds upon the necessary foundation of genuine employment commitments secured from a range of industry partners.”
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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