The Australian Government has achieved a significant milestone through its Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) initiative, with contracts now signed with 28 centres across the country to support more than 5,000 Indigenous Australians into jobs.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said additional placements have been finalised for new and existing VTECs.
“Signing contracts with the VTECs to support 5,470 jobs is a great milestone and shows the goodwill by employers across the country, but VTECs now have to ensure these commitments translate into actual jobs,” Minister Scullion said.
“Twenty eight VTECs now operate around Australia servicing multiple industries and the Australian Government, through its commitment of $45 million to deliver VTECs, is well on its way to meeting our target to provide over 5,000 jobs.”
Three new VTECs will place an additional 300 Indigenous people into guaranteed jobs.
They are in Queensland (Energy Skills Queensland), in Western Australia (Real Futures Pty Ltd in partnership with Onslow Workforce and Labour Solutions Pty Ltd) and a third in Victoria and Tasmania (AFL SportsReady).
The existing Adelaide-based VTEC run by the Maxima Group will expand into regional areas of South Australia, providing an extra 125 jobs.
Fifty jobs will also be made available to Indigenous people in Darling Downs West and South-West Queensland regions through MAX employment, in addition to their VTEC based in Kalgoorlie.
“Getting Indigenous people into meaningful work is a key priority for the Australian Government, and the VTEC model does this by connecting Indigenous job seekers to employers through experienced employment service providers,” Minister Scullion said.
“All VTECs are managed by service providers who have strong community and employer connections. They share a goal in helping Indigenous people gain ongoing employment, while improving industry’s cultural sensitivity and community knowledge.”
Chief Executive Officer of GenerationOne, Jeremy Donovan, sees the successful VTEC model as the future of Indigenous employment.
“This is a significant announcement that strikes the heart of disparity and paves the way to future empowerment,” Mr Donovan said.
The 28 VTECs are in Sydney, the NSW Hunter, South Coast NSW and Western NSW, Brisbane, North and Central Qld, Darwin, Alice Springs, the Barkley Region NT, Victoria, Tasmania, Adelaide and regional areas of SA, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of WA.
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