250 job promises to be fulfilled
- Published on Thursday, July 31, 2014
Businesses which made commitments to jobs for Indigenous Australians through the Australian Employment Covenant are making good on their promise. In Melbourne, 250 jobs were identified and on Wednesday 30th July the support program to help make it happen was launched.
“We are coordinating with those organisations to put together the vacancy lists and position descriptions,” explains Sue Kent from MEGT (Australia) Ltd, the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) provider for Melbourne. “The next stage is to connect with Indigenous Australians across Victoria and invite them to apply for vacancies.
“VTECs are an Australian Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model. The program aligns pre-employment training to real jobs which are offered to Indigenous jobseekers before they undertake their training. There is strong collaboration between employers, employment and training service providers and Indigenous communities.
“The MEGT VTEC will provide pre-employment training, workplace mentoring and other support to both the employee and employer – everyone is working together to help make the jobs long term and ongoing.”
According to Ms Kent it is frustrating for everyone if an employee loses their job immediately after training is completed. “No-one benefits from that merry-go-round which wastes time and resources for all parties. The GenerationOne model is an industry-led initiative that has established more than 60,000 job pledges nationally for Indigenous Australians from Australian companies. It’s not going to be training for the sake of training. These are pledges for real jobs and we are proud to be a part of the program.”
Photo: Alicia Gleeson – EGM HR Crown Melbourne; Sue Kent – MEGT VTEC; The Hon Louise Asher – Deputy Leader Victorian Government; Jeremy Donovan – GenerationOne