Community Services & Youth Work

Become nationally accredited and industry preferred!

Are you considering a career in the community services sector, perhaps in social welfare, youth work or community development? Our community services and youth work courses are highly regarded in the industry. Taught by a passionate and experienced team of industry trainers, our programs give you the practical know-how and real experience to establish your career.

Industry skills and connections

Our Diploma of Community Services Work is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), the peak body of community workers.  We are currently the only accredited provider of this program in the Geelong region, so you can be sure you are training with the very best.  By completing your diploma with us, you are also eligible for ACWA membership which can improve your career prospects. Employers tell us they prefer graduates who are eligible for a professional association.

Work placement and industry experience

Industry placement is a key component of our community services courses, which allow you to apply your skills and knowledge and gain valuable experience. Our programs includes a minimum of 100 hours of supervised work placement (depending on your course), which is organised by The Gordon.  This not only ensures you have solid experience under your belt, but it can also open up doors to future employment with many of our graduates gaining work with their placement hosts. 


Career outcomes   

Salary range

Community worker $41,630 - $59,694
Social worker $43,391 - $83,893
Youth worker $41,742 - $66,141

Source: payscale.com. Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

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Profiles and Testimonials

“I knew for years that I wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives and the Diploma of Community Services at The Gordon was the perfect entry point for me to follow my passion.

I truly loved this course. I know it sounds cliché but it is the best thing I have ever done as it has lead me into my dream role working for DHS with the Child Protection Unit. This course is a great foundation with all units critically important for learning the skills I needed in the real world, and has set me up for work in the community services sector.

As I am an ‘on the job' learner, the hands-on experience gained during my diploma opened my eyes up to the real world, and cemented my dedication to this industry.”


Sara Cornwell
Diploma of Community Services


“Barwon Child Youth and Family plays a crucial community service role throughout Geelong. 
 
In this industry, we are looking for graduates with a solid base understanding and a willingness to learn. Gordon Graduates we have employed had the skills and job-readiness we look for and have become valued members of our team.
 
We encourage students to consider this worthwhile and rewarding career journey. There are plenty of job opportunities for industry-ready, engaged job seekers who are willing to go the extra mile. As a local employer, we support our own local educators who will become the next generation of leaders.”

 
Matt Connell
Executive Director, Barwon Child, Youth and Family 


"I developed an interest in youth work over a number of years. After seeing and reading about disadvantaged youth, I decided I wanted to contribute to change on a sociological, community, and personal level.

The Gordon gave me the perfect toolbox to deal with a wide range of social issues disadvantaged youth are confronted with everyday. Work placement was magnificent. and gave me the opportunity to enter the industry in a controlled environment, and put the theory I had learnt into practice. 

I currently work with youth who are withdrawing from drugs and alcohol, and help equip them with the necessary tools to re-enter the community.  It is very rewarding to see a young person achieve their goals with the help of myself and my co-workers."


Sam
Certificate IV in Youth Work

Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.



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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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