Jobs Victoria Employment Network - Indigenous Employment Programs
In October 2016, Skillinvest was awarded a significant contract to place 160 Indigenous people into employment over a 4 year period. This contract consisted of the following two distinct elements:
School Based Traineeship placements with Victoria Police
The first element of the contract was to place 60 indigenous youth into School Based Traineeships within Police Stations across Victoria. With 2 structured intakes of 30, the School Based Trainees would be enrolled into a Certificate III in Business Administation. The would then work one day in an actual Police Station and spend another day undertaking their studies, with a view to successfully completing their School Based Traineeship within 2 years.
We are pleased to announce that the first milestone of placvement 30 School Based Trainees into Police Stations was achieved prior to the 28 April 2017 deadline.
Brokered Sustainable Employment Placements
The second element of the contract is to place 100 indigenous people into sustainable employment by mid 2020. These placements are targeted in the East Gippsland and Wimmera regions specifically, with the majority to be placed within East Gippsland. Skillinvest are employing an Indigenous Employment Officer out of Bairnsdale to drive this program in that region.
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Skillinvest Reconciliation Action Plan
|We are excited to announce that the Skillinvest Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017, developed in consultation with representatives of Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative, has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. The Skillinvest Reconciliation Action Plan aims to create respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our organisation. It formalises Skillinvest's contribution by identifying actions, timelines, responsibilities and targets in three areas - relationships, respect and opportunities. You can read the Skillinvest Reconciliation Action Plan here.|
|The Goanna, Jordan Secombe, 2015 (Skillinvest RAP cover artwork)|
Lake Tyers Indigenous Employment Program
Since 2008 Skillinvest has been building partnerships and networks to increase the number of Indigenous men, women and young adults in employment throughout the East Gippsland Shire.
We engage with local schools, Job search agencies, Indigenous support networks, community groups, families and local businesses because we know it’s a team effort.
Skillinvest strives to guide and support the employer and employees through awareness of cross cultural differences, mutual respect, awareness of cultural protocols and customs, mentoring and training.
Skillinvest personnel have developed an understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture, and our longstanding and trusting relationships are our biggest achievement.
In 2010 our Indigenous support program moved its focus from training and education to supporting job seekers into employment. The program has since mentored well over 75 Indigenous men, women and young adults with vocation preparation and life skills, and placed a further 75 into ongoing employment.
The program was selected as a finalist in the Wurreker Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.