HVTC targets women and Indigenous in latest push for diversity

Fresh off the back of International Women’s Day, HVTC has announced plans to attract more women and Indigenous people to apprenticeship and traineeship roles in NSW.

The Group Training Organisation, which recruits, trains and manages apprentices and trainees on behalf of host employers, recently gained approval from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board to advertise and recruit 35 Women in Non Traditional Trade (WNTT) roles and 35 Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander (A&TI) roles.

For the next two years, HVTC can offer recruitment of WNTT and A&TI apprentices and trainees to host employers without the three month waiting period and can place advertisements for positions that are only available to WNTT and A&TI applicants.

HVTC Manager Human Resources & Safety, Executive, Janet Lee said these Exemptions will go a long way towards helping HVTC achieve greater diversity in its workplace and that of its host employers.

“The theme for International Women’s Day was Balance for Better, and that’s exactly what HVTC is trying to achieve,” she said.

“HVTC is one of Australia’s oldest Group Training Organisations, established to connect more people to the opportunity of employment and training.

“One of the fundamental principles of Group Training is that it provides pathways to employment opportunities that might not have otherwise been available. A particular focus for the sector has been supporting minority groups, such as women in non-traditional trades, Indigenous people, school-leavers and the long-term unemployed.

“Women in non-traditional trades are currently underrepresented at HVTC with only 10% of applications for trade roles submitted by females. Often job seekers are discouraged from applying for roles because of stereotypes or self-doubt.

“Offering targeted roles is one way we can demonstrate our commitment to addressing gender imbalances while providing additional encouragement for women and Indigenous people to apply for roles they might not normally have considered.”

To date, one host has taken up an Indigenous placement in Lismore, while HVTC recently placed two female apprentice electricians in Salisbury.

“Over the next 12 months, we hope to achieve a representation of more than 5% of WNTT and 10% for Indigenous placements,” Ms Lee said.

If you are interested in taking advantage of these targeted placements or would like more information, please call us now on 1800 247 864.

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