We can achieve this goal through real opportunities in
education, training, mentoring and employment, specifically:
This will be done in a way that gives all Australians a chance to make a difference.
Vocational Training and Employment Centres provide employer-directed training and holistic support for guaranteed jobs, committed through the Australian Employment Covenant.
Many employers want to expand their Indigenous workforce and many Indigenous people want to work. However, employers are having difficulty connecting with Indigenous jobseekers who are work and job ready, while some Indigenous jobseekers lack the basic skills and relevant training to apply for and participate in real work.
Training is not always aligned to the needs of the employment market, and despite large amounts of government expenditure, is failing to ensure Indigenous people are gaining work upon completion. This has to change.
In just 3 years, GenerationOne has created a movement of over 280,000 people who want to see an end to Indigenous disparity. The Australian Employment Covenant, now a GenerationOne initiative, has helped create a sea change within businesses and organisations through the creation of over 60,000 job commitments through the Covenant, well exceeding their initial target of 50,000 jobs. The huge demand created by employers across Australia has exposed a major supply side barrier.
To meet this demand, GenerationOne has developed a Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) policy that will help Indigenous Australians into jobs and meaningful careers by better connecting employers and jobseekers.
The VTEC model does not necessarily require more government funding. Many services are already available, but can be better aligned. VTEC inverts the current process — rather than identifying the person, then the training, then hoping there will be a job, VTEC identifies a willing employer with a job, then finds an Indigenous jobseeker and trains that person to meet the needs of the job. VTEC tackles the barriers that prevent Indigenous job candidates from finding a job and building a long-term career.
At the heart of the policy is the need for collaboration and long-term partnerships between employers and employment and training services. If this approach is to work for all Indigenous jobseekers, mainstream employment and training services must play a larger part and Indigenous-specific resources must fill the gaps. The Australian Government’s role as a facilitator is crucial — it must respond to the ambitions of employers and give access to Indigenous and mainstream skills and training programs.
For more organisations to reach their commitment we must build bi-partisan support to end training for trainings sake, and work to deliver employer-directed training models.