The old Tangentyere Jobshop ceased operations on the 30 June 2009 after 9 years delivering Job Network services under sub contract arrangements with Job Futures Ltd, a national contractor. Tangentyere Council made the difficult decision to separate from Job Futures and follow its own path. So, in November 2008, Tangentyere submitted its tender to the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to deliver an Indigenous Specialist Employment service for town camp residents living in and around Alice Springs. In March 2009 we also tendered for the delivery of Community Development and Employment Projects in Alice Springs and for Indigenous Employment Program Panel membership.
In the first half of 2009 Tangentyere Council was advised that it had been successful in all three of these tenders for Job Services Australia (JSA), Community Development and Employment Projects (CDEP) and Indigenous Employment Programs (IEP). This constituted all the major employment related programs for Indigenous Australians available for funding by the Commonwealth Government.
For the effective delivery of these programs Tangentyere has developed a unique Indigenous employment business model integrating the three contracts in one building and under a new enhanced Division called Tangentyere Employment Services or TES as we like to refer to it. TES embraces three Divisions within Tangentyere Council (JSA, CDEP and ASEATS) with dedicated managers for each division and a General Manager responsible to ensure the efficient integration of the services. TES commenced operations on 1 July 2009.
To accommodate the new model, a new home was needed. Tangentyere began re-developing the old CDEP building at 10 Brown Street. New training rooms, expanded reception area, new offices and car parking for over 40 staff were ready for occupation in October 2009. Under one roof, our clients could now receive services from JSA and CDEP as well as employment related training to help them move into employment in a one stop situation.
Tangentyere Council received $360,000 from DEEWR from the INVESTING IN COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING element of the TEACHING AND LEARNING CAPITAL FUND FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAM.
The Council contributed a similar amount of funding to complete the project. The new complex was named the Tangentyere Learning Centre and was officially opened at a ceremony held on October 7, 2010.