Indigenous get job help

Crystal clear future: Trainee Mark Jones looks forward to a cleaner future. Picture: Natalie Roberts
Crystal clear future: Trainee Mark Jones looks forward to a cleaner future. Picture: Natalie Roberts

TRAINING one day, in the workforce the next.

That's the reality for indigenous job seekers taking part in the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program at Marist Youth Care.

The Blacktown program hopes to train local indigenous people to fill 250 jobs by 2016.

It's part of GenerationOne's demand-driven training model which sees training organisations such as Marist Youth Care get in touch with businesses needing workers.

Indigenous job seekers are referred to the program by local service providers.

"We train job seekers to fill specific positions," Marist Youth Care chief executive Cate Sydes said.

"We keep working with them and employers to ensure post-employment support is in place."

Marist Youth Care has run two three-week cleaning courses since the start of the year.

"They learnt how to use cleaning tools correctly, how to clean windows and polish floors," Ms Sydes said. "They also learned to be reliable and turn up to work on time.

"As a result, we now have 22 graduates in, or about to take up, cleaning positions."

Most recent graduates will get jobs with Transfield Services which is a construction services and maintenance business.

A bricklaying course will start next week and there will an automotive program later this year.

"We look at any field where there are job shortages," Ms Sydes said.

"Rather than train job seekers to have no job at the end, we have jobs lined up for them for when they graduate."

Marist Youth Care has federal funding to run the program until July 2016.

"We envisage the program will be so successful that funding will continue," Ms Sydes said.

Human Services Minister Marise Payne recently visited Marist Youth Care at Blacktown to see the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program in action.

The federal government will provide $45 million to train up to 5000 for guaranteed jobs across Australia.

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

The VTEC's work model director, Jeremy Donovan, said indigenous Australians learn valuable work skills.

"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."

This story Indigenous get job help first appeared on St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.


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