Nowra site chosen for indigenous training hub

Nowra has been chosen as the site for the South Coast Vocational Training and Employment Centre, with Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion promising 200 jobs for indigenous people would be created by the move.

The centres, known as VTECs, connect unemployed Aboriginal people with employers willing to commit to employing graduates once they complete training.

With a guaranteed job at the end of the training course, the scheme means people are being trained into jobs where employers have an actual need in their area.

"The South Coast VTEC will offer guaranteed jobs for up to 200 people who complete the required training," Senator Scullion said.

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"The jobs will be in multiple industries such as health and banking, airlines, construction, waste management, and local and state government."

The Nowra VTEC has not yet started operating. Senator Scullion's office was unable on Thursday to say when it would open, or how indigenous people from the Illawarra or Southern Highlands would be able to access its services.

The VTEC will be run by Habitat Personnel, an indigenous-owned organisation, and based on the GenerationOne employment model.

GenerationOne national development director Jeremy Donovan said the demand-led model was the future of indigenous vocational training.

"Both employer and employee have confidence that from day one the new staff member will be ready [and] that the post-employment support systems are in place," he said.

A major challenge for indigenous employment programs has always been whether the jobs actually exist, or will be created.

A search of GenerationOne's indigenous job finder website turned up not a single job in regional NSW.

There were 14 jobs available in Sydney, some of which were for a project manager, plant manager or quantity surveyor, and some of which were realistic for a recent graduate.

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