Generation One02 Jul 2019

VTEC employer feature: Central Earthmoving

Central Earthmoving is one VTEC employer leading the way to ensure Indigenous people have guaranteed employment opportunities.

Bulldozer in action - Earth-moving machinery
Photo Credit: Tristan Savatier.

Achieving employment parity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has been a key objective in the Closing the Gap campaign for more than ten years. Despite this, Indigenous employment rates are still behind targets.

Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC) connect Indigenous job seekers with employment opportunities and bring together the support services necessary to prepare individuals for long term employment. The guarantee of a job at the commencement of job-specific training is the key feature of VTECs. VTEC, championed by Minderoo Foundation’s Generation One initiative, is funded by the federal government.

Central Earthmoving is one VTEC employer leading the way to ensure Indigenous people have the opportunities and training they need to succeed within its organisation. Minderoo interviewed Central’s director Craig Patterson who explained how his company prioritises employing Indigenous Australians.

Minderoo’s Generation One initiative partners with Ebenezer Aboriginal Corporation (EAC) to deliver the EAC VTEC program in Acacia prison in WA.

Sharon Jones
by Sharon Jones
Sharon has over 20 years’ experience across employment, training and community services industries. She has extensive knowledge of business development and has supported multiple Aboriginal businesses in contract negotiations and tenders. Sharon has been comprehensively involved in the public, private and philanthropic sectors working directly with Aboriginal people.
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