Skillinvest currently employs more than 40 Indigenous workers in various industries as Apprentices, Trainees and Labour Hire personnel.

We can support employers wanting to employ Indigenous staff by recruiting and transitioning suitable candidates into employment and providing ongoing support. For Indigenous jobseekers we provide training opportunities to increase skills and work readiness, actively seek employment opportunities for them and work in partnership with communities and service providers to alleviate barriers that prevent sustainable employment.

Skillinvest also runs a number of dedicated programs including our Indigenous Brokerage Program in the Gippsland and Wimmera Regions and award-winning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School Based Traineeship in partnership with Victoria Police.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander School Based Traineeship

Project Overview

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School Based Traineeship is an award-winning joint initiative between Victoria Police, Skillinvest and Jobs Victoria. Designed to support young people in Year 10 or 11 with an interest in working with Victoria Police as a career, it gives students valuable work experience and exposure to the many aspects of policing while completing Year 11 and 12.

Am I eligible?

Year 10 or 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students are eligible to apply. Applicants must be willing to abide by the Victoria Police Code of Conduct.

Why Skillinvest?

Skillinvest co-ordinates and manages the traineeship from the initial contact with secondary school and student to the completion of the work placement. As the legal employer, Skillinvest pays all wage related expenses and ensures the wellbeing of the student through regular contact and support.

Benefits

Trainees will gain valuable paid work experience with Victoria Police and on successful completion, attain a Certificate III in Business Administration.

Time

Trainees work one day a week in a local police station for a period of 12 or 24 months, while continuing to attend school on other days.

Location

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School Based Traineeships are available at the following police stations: Ararat, Bacchus Marsh, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Castlemaine, Colac, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Echuca, Epping, Frankston, Geelong, Hamilton, Hastings, Horsham, Melbourne West, Melton, Mildura, Moe, Morwell, Narre Warren, Northcote, Pakenham, Portland, Reservoir, Sale, Shepparton, Sunshine, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Werribee, Wonthaggi.

Indigenous Brokerage Program

Project Overview

Jobs Victoria has engaged Skillinvest to facilitate and broker 100 Indigenous people into sustainable employment by mid-2020. The majority of these placements will be targeted in the East Gippsland and Wimmera Regions of Victoria.

Am I eligible?

Businesses: To be eligible for brokerage funding the position must be newly created and designed to be filled by an Indigenous person.

Job seeker: To be eligible you must have not worked more than 15 hours a week for the past 6 months.

Why Skillinvest?

Skillinvest has a long history in providing Indigenous jobseekers with employment opportunities. We currently employ in excess of 40 Indigenous workers across Victoria in various industry types as Apprentices, Trainees and Labour Hire personnel.

Employer Support

Skillinvest can support employers wanting to employ Indigenous staff by:

  • Recruiting suitable candidates for job vacancies
  • Assisting with transitioning successful candidates into employment
  • Providing post placement support to increase the likelihood of the placement being successful

Jobseeker Support

Skillinvest will support Indigenous jobseekers by:

  • Providing training opportunities to increase skills and work readiness
  • Work collaboratively with the jobseeker, community and other services providers to alleviate barriers that prevent them from being sustainably employed
  • Actively seek employment opportunities on behalf of the jobseeker
  • Assist the job seeker with post placement support to increase the likelihood of the placement being successful

Location

Our Indigenous Brokerage Program is available to businesses located and operating in the Gippsland and Wimmera Regions of Victoria.

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What our students say

“The school-based apprenticeship really opens up the world of jobs even if you aren’t wanting to work as a police officer, there as so many other jobs within the police community and it’s really supportive. I’ve gained all the experiences I’ve wanted out of it and I’m only halfway through, I’ve made lots of connections with people that want to offer me jobs and I have lots of job opportunities I could take now. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who was thinking about it even if you don’t want to be a police officer it is a great experience.”

Mock, Cert III Business, Victoria Police Bendigo

What our students say

“I recently completed a school-based traineeship for Certificate 3 in Business and Administration. Some of the benefits I have got out of this is to encourage other people to do something. I want people to know that there is always going to be someone out there, whether it’s your elders or anyone to know that we are here to help you no matter what and that this school based traineeship has given me that knowledge to actually show people that I will always be there for them through ups and downs and that it’s okay to ask questions and don’t be afraid. If you get the opportunity to do this program go for it so. Yes, you do get paid but you also get a bit of leeway into what it will be like going into the police force.”

Tania, Cert III Business, Victoria Police Horsham

Skillinvest is a leading provider of employment and training services, delivering Indigenous jobs, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, workplace training and nationally accredited courses across a range of industries to support the development and growth of individuals, businesses and communities.

A registered charity with an established local presence across Victoria, Skillinvest is dedicated to helping individuals and communities reach their full potential. In partnership with government and private organisations, Skillinvest offers jobs and community training programs for disadvantaged and marginalised groups, including people of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander background.