A City project
is creating more chances for residents to gain the confidence and skills they
need to re-enter the workforce.
Opportunity East is
an Education to Employment project, funded by Skilling the Bay and led by the
City of Greater Geelong, that is part of the Whittington Works Alliance.
people through reskilling, retraining and rebuilding their confidence so they
are best placed to access future opportunities.
supportive, safe and subsidised programs, Opportunity East helps residents’
transition into further study or to find employment in their chosen field, with
the support of regional employers.
learn industry-relevant skills in areas that are experiencing labour shortages,
benefiting both local jobseekers and employers.
The City has
focused on providing access and inclusion for a wider range of residents, from
those in Geelong’s eastern suburbs through to the less serviced areas of the
northern Bellarine Peninsula.
reflected in the 11 participants of the Certificate II in Production
Horticulture course, who reside from Whittington through to Indented Head.
also now being offered in more City facilities outside of the inner-east.
Horticulture course incorporates training at Encompass’ working farm, The
Paddock in Leopold, with another day at the Leopold Community Hub.
The course is
supported by local company Belmont Timber
and Faggs Mitre 10, which is
offering store visits, speakers and advice to participants about how to find
III Cleaning, delivered by Brotherhood of Laurence, began in July at Newcomb
It is backed by
additional job support and placement from local Geelong employer Etheridge
Cleaning and Maintenance Services.
East will in coming months introduce the ‘Road Ready’ traffic management
program with GO Traffic.
to Community Services course, with Cloverdale Community Centre, Gordon TAFE and
Springdale Neighbourhood Centre, will also soon be offered.
have access to the Jobs Victoria Employment Network, which provides personal
mentoring to jobseekers who face barriers to re-entering the workforce.
This service is
delivered by Bethany Community Support at Bellarine Living and Learning Centre
information on Opportunity East’s programs, please contact:
Regional Training Project Officer
P: 5272 4382 or M:0417 859 418
or visit: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/opportunityeast
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood
people wanting to make a change in their life - in both education and
employment - to look at what Opportunity East has to offer.
together training and support programs with job application assistance, we hope
to provide local businesses with staff that are better prepared personally and
not only improved levels of self-belief and esteem but the confidence to apply their
in-demand skills in the workplace.
Cr Sarah Mansfield, Chair, An Inclusive
and Diverse Community
East is a wonderful initiative that enables participants to re-skill for a
competitive job market, in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
so important we engage with and re-build the confidence of community members
who want to transition into further study and employment.
in Whittington and surrounding areas, we have higher than average unemployment
rates and this program works to address that.