The South Coast of NSW now has its first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place 200 Indigenous job seekers 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 South Coast VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 200 people who complete the required training. The jobs will be in multiple industries, such as health and banking, airlines, construction, waste management, and local and state government,” 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 Habitat Personnel, a community organisation that is 100 per cent Indigenous owned. Habitat Personnel has an Indigenous Board of Directors and all staff members interacting with clients are Aboriginal, and have strong cultural understanding and community connections.
Habitat has successfully operated since 1994 delivering a range of programs and services specifically to the Aboriginal community across south eastern NSW and the ACT.
Between 2010 and 2014 Habitat Personnel supported and assisted 611 Aboriginal people into work.
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 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.
Managing Director of Habitat Personnel, Gerry Moore, said that they look beyond statistics and paperwork.
“We are interested in our people’s wellbeing and contribution to society. That means we have to understand employers’ interests and ensure there is a perfect fit and a strong, harmonious relationship,” Mr Moore said.
“What makes Habitat different is that we are not satisfied until our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family have made the transition to long-term employment.
“Habitat Personnel prides itself on its approach to job seekers. The engagement strategies staff use have demonstrated a dedication and commitment to do whatever is needed to prepare, place and mentor someone into a secure job.
“This is integral to our ability to stay in touch with what is happening in young people’s minds and to know about our people’s day-to-day concerns.”
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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