Perth now has another Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place up to 200 Indigenous people into jobs in the construction 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 Perth VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs in the construction industry for up to 200 Indigenous Australians who complete the required training.” 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 the Wirrpanda Foundation, an organisation which has delivered Indigenous pre-employment programmes called Solid Grounds & Solid Futures, since 2007.
Eighty-two per cent of the Wirrpanda Foundation’s staff are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and they have strong connections to the local community in which they operate.
Since 2007, The Wirrpanda Foundation has delivered the successful Plan 2day 4 2morrow Indigenous pre-employment program, evolving over the years and now delivered at two sites in Perth WA.
The program includes culture and identity, one-on-one mentoring and ongoing support, financial literacy, job search training, literacy and numeracy support, workplace preparation, health workshops, drug & alcohol education, workplace fitness testing, relationship workshops, industry guest speakers and workplace tours.
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 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.
Chief Executive Officer of the Wirrpanda Foundation, Lisa Cunningham, said the Foundation is delighted to be a VTEC in the Perth metropolitan area.
“The Foundation exists to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by working together to empower and build capacity amongst Aboriginal individuals, their families and their communities.
“To improve the outlook for Aboriginal Australians we must all work together. We can achieve this by empowering and building capacity among Aboriginal people and their communities, and by using Aboriginal mentors to provide cultural support and guidance.”
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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