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Group training network applauds key Indigenous jobs milestone

20-Oct-2016 Australia’s national apprentice employment network, Group Training Australia (GTA), has welcomed the federal government’s achievement of 5,000 job opportunities for Indigenous Australians through the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) initiative.
 
GTA National Executive Officer Ms Lauren Tiltman said the achievement of the target represents an important milestone in the development of sustainable training and employment for Indigenous communities.
 
Ms Tiltman said that both GTA and individual group training organisations (GTOs) have been closely engaged in providing job placements under the VTEC program.
 
“It is very encouraging to see the community-wide benefits that flow from training opportunities that are linked directly to jobs, and the way that these transform the lives of individuals and families,” Ms Tiltman said.
 
The VTEC initiative provides services to people living in communities across Australia, based on the GenerationOne employment model. It sees Indigenous jobseekers prepared for work through targeted training, which is in turn matched to specified jobs from participating employers.
 
“One of the distinguishing features of the initiative is that the training, support and mentoring are all geared around a specific job, so that there is a clear objective and an end to the cycle of ‘training-for-training’s sake’,” Ms Tiltman said.
 
“Group training organisations, as the employers of apprentices and trainees, are closely aligned with the needs of local employers, especially in the case of GTOs operating in Indigenous communities.
 
“I am particularly proud of the GTOs and their staff who have helped to support hundreds of Indigenous jobseekers into employment in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, under the VTEC program,” she said.
 
“GTA looks forward to continuing to work with the government to help connect Indigenous jobseekers to training and jobs that are life-changing,” Ms Tiltman said.
 
Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications 0412 753 298  bbowden@bowmac.com.au