VTECs and jobactive organisations working together

Indigenous AffairsEmploymentVocational Training and Employment Centres (VTECs)
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The key feature of a VTEC is the guarantee of a job before job-specific training starts. This factsheet gives a brief explanation of how the process works.

The Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) Programme is based on GenerationOne’s employment model.

The objective of VTEC is to support and place Indigenous jobseekers into a sustainable job for up to 26 weeks. The key feature of a VTEC is the guarantee of a job before job-specific training starts.

VTECs are required to:

  • source guaranteed jobs
  • provide or source job specific training
  • support the job seeker into work
  • support the job seeker through 26 weeks of employment

The VTEC provider will commit to working closely with you, to support job seekers to complete their training, secure employment and stay employed. The VTEC in your region will rely on your organisation to source and support Indigenous job seekers.

The VTEC Programme is an opt-in model for job seekers. VTECs need to ensure that candidates have a genuine interest in working in the field of the job offered.

While actively participating in VTEC the job seeker is meeting their Mutual Obligation Requirements.

Which job seekers are eligible for referral to VTECs?

While the priority for VTECs is highly disadvantaged Indigenous job seekers, all Indigenous people can be considered for referral to a VTEC.

The VTEC provider, in conjunction with your organisation, will undertake an informal assessment of the job seeker suitability for the jobs available against the job description supplied by the employer. This will identify groups of job seekers that have the right characteristics for upcoming jobs.

A job seeker who is already receiving support under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (including a Jobs, Land and Economy Programme project) is not eligible to participate in the VTEC.

What funding is provided to VTECs?

VTECs receive a single 26 week employment outcome fee and are expected to identify and source support from other sources including from CDP providers.

This support may include in‐kind support provided by CDP providers, for example, the use of facilities or staffing resources to assist in the delivery of certain aspects of the project.

CDP providers can also claim their outcome payments as per their funding agreement. The outcome payments claimed by the VTEC and the CDP provider are not considered duplication of funding.

From 1 July 2015, employers may be eligible to receive incentive funding for taking on and retaining a remote job seeker for 26 weeks. Your organisation is encouraged to work with local VTECs to ensure that job seekers receive adequate support to ensure that they become work ready, are placed into a sustainable job and are supported in that job. In addition to support from you, VTECs will often source funding or in‐kind contributions from other sources including State Governments, employers and community organisations. 

What if a job seeker from your caseload is placed into the VTEC initiative and you were not involved?

A job seeker may be placed into a VTEC without your involvement. A registered job seeker may be referred through a community organisation, through an employer’s recruitment strategy or the job seeker may selfrefer.

Where a job seeker has been recruited into the VTEC other than through your referral, the VTEC will contact you to determine the job seeker’s registration status and confirm that participation in the VTEC activity is appropriate for that job seeker. If agreed, VTEC participation must be reflected in the job seeker’s Job Plan. Refer to additional information on activity management code ’Vocational Training and Employment Centre‘ below.

Should the partnership with my VTEC provider be formalised?

Yes. You both need to negotiate an agreement for working together. This may be reflected through a written agreement such as a Memorandum of Understanding or Service Level Agreement.

The written agreement should include information on how the parties will work together to prepare and support Indigenous job seekers prior to, during, and after the employment placements. The document should include agreed processes for sharing data and information about case histories, cooperation in case management and the process and protocols for referring participants to opportunities under the VTEC.

What types of job vacancies are available through a VTEC?

While VTECs will have access to jobs available under GenerationOne’s Australian Employment Covenant, VTECs can source job vacancies directly from other employers.

VTECs will work with employers that have guaranteed jobs to understand what skills and training the employer requires for the positions available.

VTECs will host regular information sessions for Indigenous job seekers. These sessions will provide Indigenous job seekers with an insight into the jobs available, the conditions, the benefits and the challenges of working in a particular industry. You are welcome to be involved in these sessions

What are the impacts on CDP organisation funds and fees?

The CDP provider should provide ongoing support to job seekers on their caseload who are participating in the VTEC initiative. If you place a job seeker in employment with another organisation you can claim employment outcome payments, including for participants supported by a VTEC.

In the case where you are both a CDP provider and the VTEC provider, you are able to place Indigenous job seekers in your own VTEC programme and can claim both the CDP employment outcome payment and the VTEC employment outcome fee.

As a CDP provider you are unable to receive employer incentive funding for placing a job seeker from your caseload into employment in your own organisation; however you can claim employment outcome payments for retaining them in employment, provided that all the normal outcome requirements are met. 

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