Opportunity knocking

Wirrpanda Foundation VTEC program mentors Jarrad Oakley Nicholls and Troy Cook with students Justin Dalais and Jasmine Calgaret. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423278
Wirrpanda Foundation VTEC program mentors Jarrad Oakley Nicholls and Troy Cook with students Justin Dalais and Jasmine Calgaret. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423278

The Federal Government-funded Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTECs) will train and provide jobs for more than 4000 indigenous job seekers nationally in hospitality, mining, construction, tourism, health, transport and agriculture by July, 2015.

The Wirrpanda Foundation has offices in Leederville, Kwinana and Bassendean.

Foundation VTEC managers David Hynes and Jarrad Oakley Nicholls will help facilitate training and employment for jobseekers with a team of mentors and staff.

Mr Oakley Nicholls said the guarantee of 200 jobs before training started was an important milestone as many of the jobseekers in the employment program had multiple certificates and qualifications but were still unable to find a job.

‘They come to us with heaps of tickets and certificates,’ Mr Oakley Nicholls said.

‘They are happy for any job and opportunity they get.

‘We want to make sure they are job-ready and not just training for the sake of it.’

Mr Oakley Nicholls said 85 jobseekers were already enrolled in the employment program at the Kwinana office and would be pushed forward to the new VTEC model.

‘Two hundred guaranteed jobs is a good starting point but it would be great to see it expand,’ he said.

The VTEC program aims to provide pre-employment training that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers address barriers to employment, build on strengths and provide employer-directed training that leads to a guaranteed job.

To register interest in the program, visit http://wf.org.|au, email vtec@wf.org.au or call 9242 6700.