TAFE NSW Western Institute has been contracted by the Australian Government to provide a VTEC service offering sustainable employment opportunities for theIndigenous community in the Riverina and New England regions of New South Wales.
Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) are funded by the Australian Government based on the GenerationOne employment model with participants guaranteed jobs. VTEC services are available to jobseekers and school leavers or people wanting a more sustainable job opportunity or a career change
The Australian Government has invested up to $45 million into the VTEC scheme and participants will progress through a five-staged process to ensure they are equipped and empowered.
“VTEC is a demand-led employment model and is firmly focused on employment outcomes and ending the cycle of training for training’s sake,” Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, said.
“Sustainable employment is critical to ending the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“I have no doubt TAFE Western will help to improve employment outcomes for many Indigenous Australians through its VTEC. The Institute has a reputation throughout Australia and internationally for its efforts to bridge the gap in the disadvantage that Indigenous people experience in relation to employment, education and training.”
TAFE Western is the single largest provider of Vocational Education and Training for Aboriginal students in Australia with more than 7,600 student enrolments each year.
Ms Kate Baxter, TAFE Western’s Institute Director said, “TAFE Western is excited to be delivering the VTEC program and we are committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities and local VTEC partners including Indigenous organisations, Jobs Services Agencies, Group Training Providers, Australian Apprenticeship Centres and Training Providers to offer an integrated service for participants and employers.
“The New England VTEC will be officially launched on Thursday, 19 February 2015 from 12.30 at the Tamworth Community Centre.
“In each region a VTEC Advisory Group has been formed by TAFE Western. Job commitments are currently being identified and participants are being selected for the VTEC service.
“As part of the VTEC program, a range of services are available such as work-readiness training to prepare participants for interviews and job commencement, specific industry training that is designed to match job requirements, compliance training, as well as cultural competence training to assist employers to increase their knowledge of Aboriginal culture and to better support their Aboriginal employees. VTEC Participants will also have access to mentoring and proactive support services needed for each job.”
For further information on VTEC phone TAFE Western’s VTEC Coordinator Michael Cooper on 0409 550 867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org