Perth now has another Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place up to 300 Indigenous people into guaranteed jobs in the retail and health industries.
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 Perth VTEC will offer up to 300 guaranteed jobs in the retail and health industries to people who complete the required training,” 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 operate alongside Apprenticeships Australia, which is a group training organisation that provides professional apprentice and trainee management services to employers.
Apprenticeships Australia is an enterprise of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI). It operates across diverse industries and occupations, facilitating employment, training, support and advice to host companies and employees. Twenty-five per cent of their apprentice and trainee workforce identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
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.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA Chief Executive Officer, Deidre Willmott, said CCI was proud to have been selected as a VTEC provider.
“Through this VTEC, we will be creating pathways into real jobs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This program is about providing the right combination of training, mentoring and support linked to employers and real employment outcomes,” Ms Willmott said.
“CCI will be co-ordinating the services needed to deliver outcomes for employers and Indigenous job seekers, leveraging our experience in high-quality training and on-the-job mentoring support.
“We look forward to partnering with employment, training, disability and health providers as well as community and Aboriginal groups to achieve the goal of helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people connect with 300 real jobs for their benefit, the benefit of their employers and the wider community.”
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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