Joint Media Release with Federal Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister for Employment The Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker, visited the Hunter and North Coast Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) today and congratulated Real Futures and its first eleven graduates on receiving their Job Readiness Certificates of completion.
Minister Scullion said it is positive to see such great results this early on in the programme with two participants already securing jobs in their local communities.
“One has been employed by the Australian Red Cross in Kempsey to assist in providing information to community elders and people with disabilities and the other has been employed with Real Futures as a Reach-out Officer,” Minister Scullion said.
“It’s wonderful to see that we already have two graduates completing their job readiness training and commencing employment that is both meaningful for themselves and their communities.
“The remaining nine graduates are at various stages of recruitment to transition into employment with other organisations.
“This is what the joint initiative between the Federal Government and GenerationOne is all about – getting Indigenous Australians into real jobs.”
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model.
The Australian Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs to place up to 5000 Indigenous Australians into specific jobs across Australia before July 2015.
Minister Hartsuyker said that getting Indigenous Australians into ongoing employment is critical to reducing Indigenous disadvantage.
“The contribution of $2.5 million in funding from the Australian Government to deliver the Hunter and North Coast VTEC will drive better indigenous employment outcomes and opportunities in the area,” Minister Hartsuyker said.
“The Australian Government is using providers with a strong connection to the Hunter and North Coast community through mutually respectful relationships with Aboriginal elders, traditional owners, employers, government and service providers.
“The VTEC initiative in this region will provide 200 Indigenous job seekers with guaranteed jobs in the health, transport and construction industries.”
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