The Queensland resource sector and associated supply chain industries will gain 50 new Indigenous workers thanks to a new Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC).
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said employment opportunities will be available across central and southern Queensland in a range of roles including drilling, trades assistant and catering.
Managing the new VTEC is Energy Skills Queensland (ESQ), based in Toowong with the project manager in Gladstone, and is skilled in helping disadvantaged groups gain employment.
“Increasing employment is a key priority for the Australian Government as we work towards growing job opportunities and reducing Indigenous disadvantage,” Minister Scullion said.
“The VTEC employment model is about guaranteeing positions to Indigenous Australians in the field that they are being training for.
“VTECs are collaborations between employment and training service providers, local employers, participation support services and local Indigenous communities.”
In 2012 ESQ broadened to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the Queensland Workforce Skilling Strategy.
Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Porter, is confident that ESQ will play a critical role in building the Indigenous workforce for the Resource sector.
“For the past five years, ESQ has worked with gas companies QGC, Arrow Energy, Original Energy and Santos, assisting these companies to build on their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce,” Mr Porter said.
“We want to be a part of fostering cultural awareness and local community knowledge amongst the Resource sector and supply chain industries by connecting Indigenous workers to employers.
“As a result, Indigenous people will have meaningful, sustainable work that will lead to stronger communities and a better future.”
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model.
Chief Executive Officer of GenerationOne, Mr Jeremy Donovan, believes the model to be the future of Indigenous employment, ending training for training’s sake.
“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 new Queensland 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, the 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 of SA, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of WA.
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