230 Jobs in 90 minutes for Indigenous Aussies
27 October 2014 at 10:38 am
Two hundred and thirty job pledges for Indigenous Australians were received from 16 employers in just 90 minutes at a breakfast in Sydney recently.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the 230 pledges at the Marist Youth Care Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC), far exceeded the aim of obtaining 90 pledges for Indigenous job seekers to be trained and placed into jobs.
“This is a fantastic result and demonstrates the goodwill that exists among businesses in relation to employing more Indigenous Australians,” Scullion said.
“It was great to see Marist Youth Care secure these pledges on Friday as it works towards securing employment for Indigenous job seekers in the Blacktown area.”
Marist Youth Care CEO, Cate Sydes, echoed Scullion’s surprise at the success of the day.
"We were aiming for 90 job pledges for our VTEC Indigenous job seekers, and are overwhelmed by the support from the employers from all parts of Sydney who attended to contribute to reducing the indigenous unemployment rate,” Sydes said.
Scullion said employment was critical to closing the gap of disadvantage between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“Indigenous employment is one of the Australian Government’s top priorities in Indigenous Affairs and getting Indigenous job seekers into ongoing employment is critical to reducing Indigenous disadvantage,” he said.
“Having a job not only benefits individuals, but also their families and the broader community, and helps end the financial disparity felt by many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
He said the VTEC model was one way of “bringing an end to the cycle of training for training’s sake, and having Indigenous job seekers placed into real jobs”.
“VTECs support Indigenous job seekers through job-specific training and sustainable employment,” he said.
“Job seekers who retain employment beyond 26 weeks are far less likely to fall back into unemployment and, if they do, spend much less time unemployed before they return to work.
“VTECs support job seekers to find and retain long-term employment through a strong collaboration between employers, employment and training service providers, participation support services and local Indigenous communities.
“The Government has committed up to $45 million for VTECs with a target of placing 5,000 Indigenous Australians into guaranteed jobs across Australia by June 2015.”
VTECs are 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 employers that pledged the jobs included 1300Apprentice, NICI, Chandler Macleod, Ed Husic MP, Global Group, ISS, Marist Youth Care, Master Plumbers NSW, Muru Mittigar, Pivotal Civil Labour Hire, Senator Marise Payne, Startrack, MBA of NSW, Wise Employment and the WPC Group.