Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today launched the Northern Territory’s first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will provide training and guaranteed hospitality-related jobs in multiple industries for up to 220 Indigenous people.
Minister Scullion said the VTEC model brought an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake.
“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 Northern Territory VTEC will cater for job seekers in Darwin, Alice Springs and the Barkly region. It will be run by Karen Sheldon Training and Development and many of the jobs will focus on hospitality.
Karen Sheldon has successfully delivered government-funded projects over the past five years, all focussed on the delivery of work ready training, placement into employment and retention in employment.
The Australian Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs to train up to 5000 Indigenous Australians for 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 the 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 are 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.
The VTEC for the NT is the fourth to be announced, with others already operating in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Karen Sheldon said she was honoured and excited to be operating the first Vocational Training and Employment Centre in the Northern Territory.
“As a grass roots Territory business that has worked towards closing the gap on Indigenous Employment opportunities for many years, Karen Sheldon Training sees VTECs as a long awaited part of the solution,” Ms Sheldon said.
“We hold the belief that a person with a job is a person with a future – and nowhere is there more opportunity right now for Indigenous Australians to grasp their future than in the Northern Territory.
“Our Future Stars Indigenous Employment Program has been enthusiastically embraced by many local employers and through our intensive mentoring both on and off the job. They now see a clear line of sight to retention of this untapped workforce.
“We believe that with the concentrated wraparound support offered through the VTEC model, the Future Stars Program will go from strength to strength, and together with our participants, the many Generation One employers and our service providers we are showing the way for many Indigenous jobseekers to move from welfare dependence to financial independence through rewarding jobs and careers ”
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