Western NSW now has its first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place 200 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs in agricultural and transport 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 western NSW VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 200 people who complete the required training. The jobs will be in the agricultural and transport sectors,” 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 VTEC will be run by Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation which will lead an equal partnership with Advanced Personnel Management (APM) to deliver job placements under the VTEC initiative across Western NSW.
The Murdi Paaki VTEC will be managed from Dubbo and employers and Indigenous job seekers will be able to connect with the service at 25 locations across the region.
Murdi Paaki VTEC has been successfully delivering employment services to Indigenous people since 2003 and is a specialist Indigenous Job Services Australia Provider.
Since 2013, APM has operated Orana Education and Training Cooperative. Nationally APM operates in 297 locations Australia-wide, with over 600 staff trained to work collaboratively with clients to address a broad spectrum of social, physical, psychological, cultural and personal barriers.
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 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.
Murdi Paaki Chief Executive Officer, Janelle Whitehead, said she was excited to be operating the VTEC with partner organisation APM.
“Both Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation and Advanced Personnel Management are working with Indigenous job seekers and have had significant success matching job seekers to employer needs,” Ms Whitehead said.
“As a grass roots provider we have been working strongly towards Closing the Gap on Indigenous Employment and see the VTEC initiative as critical to increasing Indigenous employment opportunities.”
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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