Adelaide’s first Vocational Training & Employment Centre (VTEC) has expanded into regional parts of South Australia, guaranteeing jobs for a total of 325 Indigenous people throughout the state.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced today that the VTEC will now provide employment services to Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Riverland and Mount Gambier communities.
“This Adelaide-based VTEC has been positively contributing to local Indigenous employment since July 2014,” Minister Scullion said.
“It has been a great asset to jobseekers in Adelaide and the expansion of an extra 125 guaranteed regional jobs will benefit people in regional communities in a range of industries.”
The VTEC is run by not-for-profit organisation Maxima Group, which has been providing vocational employment and training programmes to Indigenous Australians for around 30 years.
Maxima’s Adelaide VTEC is supported by Workskil Australia, a not-for-profit organisation with compatible values and complimentary capabilities.
Chief Executive Officer from Maxima Group, David Cockram, said the multiple-industry focus of the VTEC will assist people looking for work in areas such as health and banking, airlines, construction, waste management, and local and state government.
“We have had success in facilitating sustainable job outcomes via our extensive industry networks and look forward to taking Maxima into regional South Australia,” Mr Cockram said.
“The practical and holistic VTEC model resonates with both employers and jobseekers, creating long-term employment for Indigenous people while meeting the current and future staffing needs of Industry.”
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model.
GenerationOne Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Donovan, said the announcement of the extension to the Maxima VTEC contract to cover regional South Australia is great news for Indigenous job seekers across the state.
“VTECs provide extensive opportunities and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are looking to get into the employment market,” Mr Donovan said.
“They also open up the opportunity to work across regions where previously this mechanism of support did not exist.”
The Australian Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs 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 of SA, Perth, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions of WA.
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