Two hundred and sixty Indigenous job seekers will be placed into guaranteed jobs through the Australian Government’s Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTECs) initiative.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said two new VTECs would be established in western New South Wales and the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
“With these two new Centres established, we now have 23 VTECs spread across Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Riverina/New England VTEC operated by TAFE NSW Western Institute will train 200 Indigenous job seekers and place them into guaranteed jobs in the transport and agriculture industries.
“The South Hedland VTEC, operated by the Bloodwood Tree Association, will train 60 Indigenous job seekers in the Pilbara region and place them into guaranteed jobs with a focus on small businesses and industries that support the mining sector.
“The VTEC model brings an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake.”
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, as highlighted by the Forrest report to the Government.
“The Australian Government is funding the VTECs up to $45 million to place 5,000 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs across Australia by July 2015,” Minister Scullion said.
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 23 VTECs are located in Sydney, Hunter Region NSW, South Coast NSW, Brisbane, North and Central Queensland, Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, the Barkley Region NT, the Kimberley WA, Adelaide SA, the Pilbara region WA and western NSW.
Link to Locations of Vocational Training and Employment Centres
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2014-11-03 MR – SCULLION – new VTEC sites Final.pdf