Sydney now has another Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place 200 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs in the construction and retail industries.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced the centre on Wednesday saying the VTEC initiative brought an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake.
“The Sydney VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 200 people who complete the required training. The jobs will be in the construction and retail industries,” 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.”
The VTEC will be run by Ability Options, which is an organisation that has been providing Disability Services since 1976 and Employment Services since the 1990s.
Ability Options has been an Indigenous Employment Program panel member since 2011.
The organisation has strong local ties with Aboriginal Communities which are enhanced through using its Aboriginal staff’s individual networks. Five per cent of its workforce identifies as Indigenous and its caseload comprises approximately 10 per cent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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 from Australian companies for Indigenous Australians.
“The VTEC initiative 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 initiative, 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 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.
Ability Options Chief Executive Officer, Fred Van Steel, said Ability Options was both proud and excited to be delivering the new VTEC contract in the Macarthur and Wollongong regions.
“This work will be delivered across the Sydney metropolitan area with an emphasis on western Sydney and the Macarthur region. We have strong connection with the local Indigenous community through our staff member and Elder Uncle Greg Simms,” Mr Steel said.
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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