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Skilling the Bay

Skilling the Bay is a unique regional initiative established in 2012 to address the economic and industry changes impacting the Geelong and Barwon regions. It is led by The Gordon Institute of TAFE and delivered in partnership with Deakin University and supported by the Victorian Department of Education.

Skilling the Bay brings together education providers, community organisations, and industry to deliver programs focused on improving education and employment outcomes and promoting, strengthening, and supplementing pathways for people of all ages into sustainable and decent work.



Victorian Government Budget 2023–24

The State Government Budget announced in May included the very welcome news of further funding for Skilling the Bay (STB) with an allocation of $2.4 million over 2024, 2025 and 2026 calendar years. The funding from the Victorian Department of Education is provided to enable STB to deliver a suite of programs that inspire and engage students in learning and the world of work and continue to build strong connections and collaborations to improve education and employment outcomes for people in the Barwon region. 
The funding commitment also reaffirmed the partnership between The Gordon and the Department of Education to deliver STB, noting it is an important part of the education landscape in the Barwon area, linking students with vocational opportunities in the changing regional economy and aligned to the Victorian Government’s Senior Secondary Pathways Reform agenda. The funding strengthens The Gordon’s commitment to the community and will directly contribute to improved pathways to growing and emerging industries and enhance training and employment outcomes in the Barwon region.



Geelong industries open their doors to explore the World of Work!

Industry immersion programs in trending and growing industries in the region, promoting pathway programs to inspire and engage young people in employment opportunities and the world of work.
Aimed at Year 10 and 11 students to engage further into the world of careers and see a pipeline of post-school opportunities, direct to employment, TAFE and University.

Preparing Geelong for the jobs of the future through education, employment and innovation