Joint Media Release with the Member for Durack The Hon. Melissa Price MP
Sixty Indigenous job seekers in the Pilbara will be placed into guaranteed jobs in pastoral and land management through the opening of the region’s third Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC).
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and local Member for Durack, Ms Melissa Price, today announced the new Centre located at Peedamulla Station near Onslow would be operated by the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC).
“Increasing Indigenous employment is one of the top priorities of the Australian Government because getting Indigenous Australians into ongoing employment is critical to reducing disadvantage,” Minister Scullion said.
“It’s vital that employment programmes are aligned to real jobs, so we’ve spoken to employers across the country, including the Pilbara, to find out where jobs are located and what industries they are in so that we can train people into those jobs, ending the cycle of training for trainings sake.”
Ms Price said that the VTEC model helps ensure that Indigenous job seekers in the Pilbara have the right training and skills to be placed into local jobs.
“The employers know what the local Aboriginal people bring to land management – it’s their country and they are culturally and historically attached to their land – nobody knows it, or cares for it, better than they do,” Ms Price said.
“The AAC will work closely with employers who have identified jobs in the vast pastoral and land management sector, before training local Indigenous job seekers specifically to fill these jobs.”
AAC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Janet Brown, said she was delighted that the Corporation had been selected as a VTEC provider.
“We are excited to work with employers, training agencies, other Aboriginal groups, unemployed Aboriginal people and referral agencies to support real jobs in the pastoral industry which result in long term successful outcomes for all,” Ms Brown said.
“AAC already works with a large number of Aboriginal people, but this will provide additional support for unemployed people to move past ‘a job’ into a career in an expanding industry and one that has produced many highly skilled stockmen and women over the years.”
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model.
GenerationOne Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jeremy Donovan, said VTECs are driven by a demand-led employment model that is the future of Australian Indigenous vocational training and employment.
“Both employer and employee can 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 awareness training,” Mr Donovan said.
The Australian Government has committed $45 million for VTECs to place up to 5,000 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs across Australia by July 2015.
The 24 VTECs are located in Sydney, Hunter Region NSW, South Coast NSW and Western NSW, Brisbane, North and Central Qld, Darwin, Alice Springs, the Barkley Region NT, Melbourne Vic, Adelaide SA, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley and Pilbara region of WA.
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2014-11-24 – Final MR – SCULLION PRICE Ashburton VTEC.pdf