The Australian Government has committed to support Vocational, Training & Employment Centres (VTECs) to deliver up to 7,500 jobs for Indigenous jobseekers across Australia.
Explanation of a VTEC
VTECs connect Indigenous job seekers with guaranteed jobs and bring together the support services necessary to prepare job seekers for long term employment.
VTEC providers work closely with Government employment services, Indigenous communities and industry employers to source, train and support Indigenous people into jobs.
VTEC providers prepare the jobseeker for a guaranteed job before the job starts, and then provide ‘wrap around’ support for the first 26 weeks of work, at no cost to the employer.
The guarantee of a job before job-specific training starts is the key feature of VTECs.
- vocational or job-specific training is directly related to available jobs
- employers can recruit Indigenous job seekers with the right skills for specific jobs
- job seekers are responsible for opting into available jobs
- the commitment of job seekers is rewarded with guaranteed employment.
VTECs operate with the support and involvement of local Indigenous communities and their leaders. VTECs are aligned to the values and needs of both Indigenous communities and employers.
VTECs work with service providers to bring together a comprehensive range of support for job seekers to build vocational and non-vocational capabilities. This can include:
- obtaining a driver’s license
- literacy and numeracy training
- work experience
- pre-employment and job training.
Participation in VTECs
VTECs are open to Indigenous job seekers and school leavers. VTEC activities are focused on finding sustainable jobs for the most disadvantaged Indigenous job seekers.
Working with employers
- VTECs work with employers to identify jobs for Indigenous job seekers and establish the training requirements for these jobs.
- VTECs ensure Indigenous job seekers have the skills needed for the job with training tailored to the specifications of the employer.
- VTECs are the conduit for employers to offer guaranteed jobs to job seekers.
- The opt-in programme for job seekers means they have a genuine interest in the field of work they are training for.
- Once job seekers are employed, VTECs continue to support them and their employers to achieve long term employment outcomes.
Overview of the components of VTEC services
The five components of VTEC services are:
- community engagement
- work readiness
- vocational training
- guaranteed job
- post placement support
As job seekers move through these five stages, their progression is strongly supported. While VTECs are responsive to the specific needs of Indigenous communities and employers, all VTECs follow the five stage process to ensure job seekers are equipped and empowered to take up guaranteed jobs.
A national network of VTECs operate across Australia.
GenerationOne is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to ending the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation. VTEC is based on a GenerationOne model and work with employers and VTEC providers in an employment brokerage role.
More information on GenerationOne can be found on the Generation One website.
If you would like more information about the VTEC initiative you can email the VTEC Team.