Guaranteed employment for indigenous jobseekers in Western Sydney

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Indigenous jobseekers in Western Sydney are set to benefit, with a partnership between local training providers and employers to provide hands-on training that leads to real jobs, Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne said.

Senator Payne today joined GenerationOne National Development Director, Jeremy Donovan, in visiting the Marist Youth Care Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) in Blacktown, which will train local indigenous people to fill 250 jobs within two years.

The VTEC program is part of GenerationOne’s demand-driven training model which sees training organisations like Marist Youth Care develop strong relationships with businesses that have identified jobs, before training indigenous jobseekers specifically to fill these roles. The Coalition Government is providing $45 million for the VTEC program, which aims to train up to 5,000 into guaranteed jobs by 2015.

“The VTEC program is a breakthrough for indigenous jobseekers who want real work and satisfying careers, not endless training programs,” Senator Payne said.

“Trainees will have the opportunity to carve out careers in hospitality, cleaning services, property and business services and the retail and trade sectors.

“Today’s trainees have a great opportunity to begin their careers in cleaning services and one day branch out into other areas like commercial cleaning, large building and asset management and maintenance.

“The Coalition is delighted to provide the funding for this program and we congratulate GenerationOne on their tireless efforts to provide a better future for indigenous Australians in Western Sydney and beyond.”

Mr Donovan said the VTEC model aims to provide a pathway into the real economy for indigenous Australians, not just more training for training’s sake.

“Our people become despondent after being used by a system that only provides training and rarely delivers a job. Training each job seeker for a specific job ensures that both the potential employer and employee are committed to long-term employment from the beginning,” Mr Donovan said.

“Both employer and employee 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 received adequate cultural training.”