More training opportunities on offer

Monday, 19 August 2019

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.

It supports people through reskilling, retraining and rebuilding their confidence so they are best placed to access future opportunities.

Through 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.

Participants 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.

This is reflected in the 11 participants of the Certificate II in Production Horticulture course, who reside from Whittington through to Indented Head.

Programs are also now being offered in more City facilities outside of the inner-east.

The Production 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 employment.

Our Certificate III Cleaning, delivered by Brotherhood of Laurence, began in July at Newcomb Hall.

It is backed by additional job support and placement from local Geelong employer Etheridge Cleaning and Maintenance Services.

Opportunity East will in coming months introduce the ‘Road Ready’ traffic management program with GO Traffic.

An Introduction to Community Services course, with Cloverdale Community Centre, Gordon TAFE and Springdale Neighbourhood Centre, will also soon be offered.

Residents also 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 at Whittington.

For further information on Opportunity East’s programs, please contact:

Erika Williams
Regional Training Project Officer
P: 5272 4382 or M:0417 859 418
E: [email protected]

or visit:

Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood

We encourage people wanting to make a change in their life - in both education and employment - to look at what Opportunity East has to offer.
By bringing together training and support programs with job application assistance, we hope to provide local businesses with staff that are better prepared personally and professionally.
Participants gain 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

Opportunity East is a wonderful initiative that enables participants to re-skill for a competitive job market, in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
It’s so important we engage with and re-build the confidence of community members who want to transition into further study and employment.
Unfortunately, in Whittington and surrounding areas, we have higher than average unemployment rates and this program works to address that.


Page last updated: Monday, 19 August 2019