About Us


NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Employment and Training (NET) is a new enterprise designed to increase access to training and jobs for Indigenous people.

Being supported by Aboriginal mentors to complete training, get a job and maintain employment is one way to achieve independence and prosperity for Aboriginal people.

NET is an Aboriginal community-controlled entity incorporated in June 2019 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

NET delivers Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) services that covers Sydney and the Illawarra. Over time NET will expand its service delivery to regional areas of NSW.



What is VTEC?


VTEC is comprised of an all Aboriginal team of Employment Specialists and Mentors to connect Indigenous job seekers to a guaranteed job. Our Specialists and Mentors will work closely with job seekers to overcome barriers to employment and provide a personalised service to build resilience and achieve successful employment.

Job seeker yarn ups are held across Sydney and Illawarra to bring job seekers together with our Specialists and Mentors to explore current employment opportunities and to cover topics such as resume writing, time management, interview skills and overcoming barriers to employment.


VTECs work with service providers to support job seekers to build vocational and non-vocational capabilities. This can include:


Literacy and
numeracy training
Work
experience
Confidence and resilience building
Pre-employment and workplace training

Our team is also working closely with employers of all sizes across diverse industries to broker suitable jobs and create culturally safe work places for Indigenous employees.

A key feature of the NET VTEC is the guarantee of a job before job-specific training starts. This ensures:


Job seekers choose to participate in the program
Vocational or job-specific training is directly related to available jobs
Employers can recruit job seekers with the right skills for specific jobs
The commitment of job seekers is rewarded with guaranteed employment


VTECs take a five-phase approach


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If you are an Indigenous job seeker


Contact one of our friendly Employment Specialists who can assist you secure a job and receive culturally informed mentoring so that you can maintain employment. Our yarn-ups are welcoming and informative and could be the first step to finding a job.


If you are an employer wanting to employ Indigenous staff and increase staff retention


We are keen to hear from you to understand your recruitment needs and work with you to create culturally aware work places. We will support Indigenous employees to receive job specific training, giving Indigenous employees the best chance of success on the job. Our service is free of charge and is looking forward to assist you with your recruitment needs.


Contact the VTEC team today


Meet our VTEC team


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Tammy Hickey

NET VTEC Team Leader & Employment Specialist

Tammy was born in Camperdown, Sydney, and grew up on Dharawal country with proud connections to both Gamilaroi and Dunghutti nations through her mother and father.

Contact Tammy: 0427 392 514
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She is passionate about helping people gain sustainable employment and has over 3 years’ experience in Aboriginal Employment programs, Disability Employment Service, job active and VTEC. Tammy loves her job and helping people gain sustainable employment. Tammy holds a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management, a Certificate IV in Employment Services and a Certificate in Aboriginal Mental Health. She has completed her White Ribbon accreditation in domestic violence and understands the challenges Aboriginal job seekers can face.

She is passionate about helping people gain sustainable employment and has over 3 years’ experience in Aboriginal Employment programs, Disability Employment Service, job active and VTEC. Tammy loves her job and helping people gain sustainable employment.

Tammy holds a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management, a Certificate IV in Employment Services and a Certificate in Aboriginal Mental Health. She has completed her White Ribbon accreditation in domestic violence and understands the challenges Aboriginal job seekers can face.

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Tammy Hickey

NET VTEC Team Leader & Employment Specialist

Tammy was born in Camperdown, Sydney, and grew up on Dharawal country with proud connections to both Gamilaroi and Dunghutti nations through her mother and father.

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She is passionate about helping people gain sustainable employment and has over 3 years’ experience in Aboriginal Employment programs, Disability Employment Service, job active and VTEC. Tammy loves her job and helping people gain sustainable employment.

Tammy holds a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management, a Certificate IV in Employment Services and a Certificate in Aboriginal Mental Health. She has completed her White Ribbon accreditation in domestic violence and understands the challenges Aboriginal job seekers can face.

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Dwayne Knight

NET VTEC Employment Specialist

Born in Sydney and raised in Campbelltown on Dharawal Land, Dwayne is a proud Kamilaroi, Barkindji, Dunghutti man who represents all 3 of his tribes. He has worked in his local community for over 15 years in various roles including Education Assistant, Recruitment Officer, Group Training Officer and Cultural Officer with Youth off the Streets.

Contact Dwayne: 0429 422 085
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Dwayne holds a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management and is the Chairperson of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (AMS) in Airds.

Dwayne is focused on working for his Aboriginal community and loves working to achieve goals and close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

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Dwayne Knight

NET VTEC Employment Specialist

Born in Sydney and grew up in Campbelltown on Dharawal Land, Dwayne is a proud Kamilaroi, Barkindji, Dunghutti man who represents all 3 of his tribes. Dwayne has worked in his local community for over 15 years in various roles including Education Assistant, Recruitment Officer, Group Training officer and Cultural Officer with Youth off the Streets.

Dwayne holds a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management and is the Chairperson of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (AMS) in Airds.

Dwayne is focused on working for his Aboriginal community and loves working to achieve goals and closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

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Dwayne holds a Certificate IV in Leadership & Management and is the Chairperson of Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation (AMS) in Airds.

Dwayne is focused on working for his Aboriginal community and loves working to achieve goals and close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

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Kristy Bevan

NET VTEC Employment Specialist

Kristy is a proud Aboriginal woman descendant of both Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri nation with kinship ties to the Dharawal people. She has worked and studied within the Illawarra region for the last 30 years in Indigenous programs and has a strong rapport with young people and Elders within the Illawarra community.

Contact Kristy: 0419 852 576
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Kristy is passionate about creating pathways for job seekers through the provision of culturally specific mentoring and by building trust and rapport with employers.

Kristy is committed to finding jobs and providing specialist employment support for Indigenous people, changing lives and positively impacting on future generations.

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Kristy Bevan

NET VTEC Employment Specialist

Kristy is a proud Aboriginal woman descendant of both Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri nation with kinship ties to the Dharwal people. Kristy has worked and studied within the Illawarra region for the last 30 years in Indigenous programs.

She has a strong rapport with young people and Elders within the Illawarra community.

Kristy is passionate about creating pathways for job seekers through the provision of culturally specific mentoring and by building trust and rapport with employers.

Kristy is committed to finding jobs for Indigenous people and providing specialist employment support, changing lives and positively impacting generations to come.

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Kristy is passionate about creating pathways for job seekers through the provision of culturally specific mentoring and by building trust and rapport with employers.

Kristy is committed to finding jobs and providing specialist employment support for Indigenous people, changing lives and positively impacting on future generations.

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Telisa Hudson

NET VTEC Mentor

Telisa was born in Campbelltown on Dharawal Land. She is a proud Aboriginal woman who recently reconnected with her Aboriginal family from the Dunghutti Nation through her mother’s family.

Contact Telisa: 0400 390 992
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She is an Indigenous Mentor for VTEC with a background of 7 years in Sales and a Certificate III and IV in Retail services.

Telisa is passionate about working with her local Aboriginal Community and enjoys assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their own dreams. Telisa is currently enrolled and doing her Certificate III in Community services.

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Telisa Hudson

NET VTEC Mentor

Telisa was born in Campbelltown on Dharawal Land. She is a proud Aboriginal woman who recently learnt and reconnected with her Aboriginal family from the Dunghutti Nation through her mother’s family.

She is an Indigenous Mentor for VTEC with a background of 7 years in Sales and a Certificate III and IV in Retail services.

Telisa is passionate about working with her local Aboriginal Community and enjoys assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders achieve their own dreams. Telisa is currently enrolled and doing her Certificate III in Community services.

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She is an Indigenous Mentor for VTEC with a background of 7 years in Sales and a Certificate III and IV in Retail services.

Telisa is passionate about working with her local Aboriginal Community and enjoys assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their own dreams. Telisa is currently enrolled and doing her Certificate III in Community services.

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Aaron Simpson

NET VTEC EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

Born in orange, Aaron is a proud Wiradjuri man and grew up in Cowra on Erambie mission. He loves seeing Indigenous people succeed in life.

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Contact Telisa: 0400 390 992

Aaron’s experience and success in supporting Indigenous jobseekers to gain sustainable employment makes Aaron a valuable member of the VTEC Team. Aaron also holds a Certificate III in retail and has a good understanding of the retail industry.

Aaron believes that his role with VTEC provides a great opportunity to continue to use his passion to help his people succeed in life through employment.

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Aaron Simpson

NET VTEC EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

Born in orange, Aaron spent most of his childhood in Cowra on Erambie mission. Being Indigenous identified and a part of the Wiradjuri tribe. Aaron loves seeing Indigenous people succeed in life. He has spent over a year working for Joblink plus which has given him the opportunity to help Indigenous jobseekers gain sustainable employment.

Prior to this he completed his Certificate III in retail. Aaron has always had a passion to help his people succeed in life, which within this role in VTEC it has given him the opportunity to do so.

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Aaron’s experience and success in supporting Indigenous jobseekers to gain sustainable employment makes Aaron a valuable member of the VTEC Team. Aaron also holds a Certificate III in retail and has a good understanding of the retail industry.

Aaron believes that his role with VTEC provides a great opportunity to continue to use his passion to help his people succeed in life through employment.

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