The Hunter and north Coast regions of NSW now have their first Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) which will place 200 Indigenous job seekers into guaranteed jobs in the health, transport and construction industries.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced the Centre on Wednesday saying the VTEC model brought an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake.
“The Hunter and North Coast VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 200 people who complete the required training. The jobs will be in the health, transport and construction industries,” 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.”
The VTEC will be run by Real Futures, an organisation which is largely Aboriginal owned and staffed. Real Futures has mutually respectful relationships with Aboriginal Elders, Traditional Owners, employers, Government and service providers from Eastern Australia across to the West.
In the past two years Real Futures was funded through the Indigenous Employment Programme to run Pathways to the Pilbara.
Pathways has taken seriously disadvantaged people from the Eastern States mob and got them job ready and trained up to be flown across the country for fly in fly out jobs in the resources and civil construction sectors.
The Pathways to the Pilbara program has reported a 92 per cent job retention rate due to the intensive, unique mentoring and support service which is based on relationships.
Real Futures’ strategy provides customised industry specific training to support development of required job competencies and assist the candidate to be immediately productive.
The VTEC will be based in Kempsey, but will cater for job seekers in the Hunter region and on the north coast of NSW.
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.
VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model. GenerationOne manages the Australian Employment Covenant, an industry-led initiative that has established more than 60,000 job pledges for Indigenous Australians from Australian companies.
“The VTEC model is based on strong collaboration between employers, employment and training service providers, participation support services and local Indigenous communities,” Minister Scullion said.
“As part of the process of rolling out the VTEC initiative, we have spoken to employers across the country to determine where jobs are located and what industries they are in.
“Increasing Indigenous employment is one of the three key priorities of the Australian Government and I congratulate GenerationOne on its enthusiastic involvement in this critical area.”
GenerationOne National Development Director, Jeremy Donovan, said VTECs were a demand-led employment model that was the future of Australian Indigenous vocational training and employment.
“VTECs provide a guaranteed job and focus on the retention of that job. A job seeker who retains employment beyond 26 weeks of starting is far less likely to fall back into unemployment and, if they do, will spend much less time unemployed before returning to work,” Mr Donovan said.
Real Futures Managing Director, Wendy Yarnold and Director Brad Carbutt, said the team were extremely proud to deliver VTEC services for the Hunter North Coast.
“Economic participation has restored hope in the men and women of this region,” Ms Yarnold said.
“The VTEC is a gateway to financial independence and the freedom to step outside the financial and motivational restrictions that a welfare system can create through passive submission.
“Our expertise is in ease of communication and assessment of potential through our Suitability and Job Readiness Programs.
“Our ethic has always been to secure a job first and then customize training to fit the position, so the VTEC process is a perfect fit.
“Communities don’t need any more promises they just need real jobs. Employers, providers and job seekers have been incredibly responsive to the VTEC principle.”
VTECs will be located in Sydney, the Hunter region, South Coast NSW, Brisbane, north and central Queensland, Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, the Barkley region of the Northern Territory, the Kimberley and Adelaide.
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