The City is working with local job services provider Gforce, local businesses and training and education organisations to deliver the Regional Focused Industry Sector Employment Program (RISE).
RISE is funded by Gforce Community Fund and brings together project partners Northern Futures, Whittington Works, The Gordon, Master Builders Association, Local Employment Learning Network, Hamlan and Porter Davis.
Northern Futures Executive Officer, Lyn Morgan, said Northern Futures supported education and job opportunities for disadvantaged residents in Geelong’s northern suburbs.
Northern Futures works with government, industry and education providers to get local residents into education and employment that leads to sustainable long-term opportunities. We offer programs in warehousing, business administration, health services and engineering.
The RISE program will benefit people like Mohammed Maalim, 21, who recently started an apprenticeship with Newton bricklaying, a subcontractor for local builder Hamlan – a long-term partner of Northern Futures.
Mohammed finished school at North Geelong Secondary College, where he studied VET building and construction, before completing Northern Futures’ four-week trade taster program. The trade taster program, held at The Gordon, gives participants a chance to try building and engineering trades, civil construction and warehousing, whilst also providing an opportunity for young people to hear first-hand from people working in the industry.
After completing the program, Mohammed decided bricklaying was the right career choice for him.
It’s the thing I most want to do and I’m looking forward to completing my apprenticeship.
While the building industry is booming with an increase in housing demand across Geelong, there is a current shortfall of construction workers.
Geelong Master Builder’s committee member and general manager of Hamlan, Andrew Carroll, said there was great demand for trades but not enough young people undertaking apprenticeships.
Together we have a great ability to train a sustainable workforce in Geelong – which is important for Geelong – and its success will be life-changing for these young people.
Gforce CEO Rob Birch agreed, saying collaboration was the key to getting more young people into jobs.
We have terrific education, training and support programs in Geelong, as well as local businesses willing to take on young workers; but the RISE program brings us all together to develop more targeted job pathways for young people.