Fifty jobs will be made available to Indigenous people in Darling Downs West and South-West Queensland regions through the expansion of an existing Western Australian Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC).
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced funding for MAX Employment to deliver VTEC training and employment services beyond its current place in Kalgoorlie.
“The VTEC based in Roma will provide Indigenous people with training leading to real jobs in a range of industries including community services, civil construction and the resources sector,” said Minister Scullion.
“MAX Employment connect job seekers to local employers who benefit from training and hiring a long-term employee.
“Through VTECs like this one, the Australian Government is working with businesses and Indigenous people to create sustainable employment which is critical to reducing disadvantage.”
The Queensland chapter of the MAX Employment managed VTEC will be multi-industry focused and will use the same training and employment framework, developed by GenerationOne, and used by all VTECs.
Deborah Homewood is the Managing Director of MAX Employment which is already delivering 150 employment places to Indigenous people interested in the mining industry of Kalgoorlie.
“MAX Employment has been assisting people to return to work for more than a decade and is proud to provide training and employment opportunities to Indigenous people in Kalgoorlie and now to regions in southern Queensland,” Ms Homewood said.
“We believe that jobs have the power to change lives and empower Indigenous people through their chosen career pathway, and look forward to servicing Queenslanders who will go on to contribute to strong and prosperous communities.”
Chief Executive Officer of GenerationOne, Jeremy Donovan, sees the expansion of the MAX Employment VTEC to another state as a tribute to the success of the VTEC model.
“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 expansion of MAX Employment’s VTEC is part of the Australian Government’s $45 million commitment to place up to 5,000 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs across Australia.
The 28 VTECs are in Sydney, Hunter region NSW, South Coast NSW and Western NSW, Brisbane, North and Central Qld, Darwin, Alice Springs, the Barkley Region NT, Victoria, Tasmania, Adelaide and regional areas in SA, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of WA.
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