Central Queensland now has its first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place up to 200 Indigenous people into guaranteed jobs in the mining industry.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced the Centre today saying the VTEC initiative brought an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake.
“The central Queensland VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 200 people, who complete specific training, in the mining industry,” 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 John Pearson Consulting, which is an organisation that has successfully delivered Indigenous employment services as an Indigenous Employment Programme panel member.
John Pearson Consulting has established a strong employer-led model for Indigenous recruitment that has resulted in the employment team being embedded into the recruitment process of numerous clients.
The organisation has 30 per cent Indigenous staff in its workforce and has strong connections with Indigenous community groups, a strong network with large employers and partnerships with existing job service providers and disability support, counselling, cultural and training services.
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 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.
John Pearson Consulting Managing Partner, Mr John Pearson, said he is proud to be a part of the VTEC initiative.
“I have seen first-hand, the difference employment can make in people’s lives and to their families and communities,” Mr Pearson said.
“The VTEC initiative has the potential to transform Indigenous employment. Through a collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, government and employers across Australia, we can achieve a shared and long-held dream of dramatically and significantly increasing the number of Indigenous Australians finding and keeping meaningful employment.
“John Pearson Consulting will now be able to give greater support to those who need it most. By working hand in hand with both Indigenous communities and individuals in the central Queensland region, we can now for the first time, proactively assist employers in the recruitment of Indigenous job seekers with the right skills for specific jobs.”
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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