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Group training selected to be part of latest VTEC Indigenous jobs rollout

The Chief Executive of Group Training Australia, Jim Barron, said today the organisation was excited to be selected by the Commonwealth to operate a number of Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTECs) in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.

VTECs are a Federal Government initiative based on the GenerationOne employment model which provides jobs and associated training for thousands of Indigenous job seekers.

Mr Barron said that one of the key features of the VTEC model is that it firstly identifies a job opportunity, and then finds the right person to fit the position, followed up by the appropriate training for the role. 

Under the agreement, three group training organisations will operate VTEC centres – Kimberley Group Training in Western Australia, Group Training Northern Territory in the Northern Territory, and Skill360 in Queensland.

“Group training organisations across Australia are already closely involved in Indigenous employment and training, and we look forward to being able to provide the skills, career opportunities and support services for many more people.

“We believe this initiative takes the right approach to creating meaningful pathways to employment, by identifying job opportunities at the outset, rather than setting people up with training that may not result in a job.

“It is a good example of a partnership between employers, job seekers, training organisations and government that can make a real difference.

“Media reports suggest that the Andrew Forrest review of Indigenous employment and training programs will recommend a more focussed approach to training and jobs – something that GTA has long supported to ensure that training programs result in real jobs, not ‘training-for training’s sake’. It is the essence of what defines the group training model.

“Currently group training organisations employ close to 20 percent of all Indigenous apprentices and trainees, who are then placed with ‘host’ businesses. The mentoring and support that is in place to help individuals in the course of their employment is a particular feature that we highlight and are proud of.

“I am very confident that all of the partners involved in these projects will be able to help Indigenous people into rewarding and fulfilling work and training, while helping to build stronger links with employers and local communities,” Mr Barron said.

See Minister Nigel Scullion’s announcement.

Media Contact: Bob Bowden, Foresight Communications, 02 9241 2811, 0412 753 298,

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