Growing the Health and Community Services Workforce


Building capacity in the fast growing Community Services and Health sectors.

This is a school based program combining awareness raising initiatives with accredited courses to foster entry level pathways to employment in the Community Services and Health sectors – the fastest growing employment sectors in the Geelong region.

The Program is delivered by the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network with a community inclusion element supporting students from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information see Building capacity in the Community Services and Health sectors

Fast Facts:

  • 617 students were enrolled in School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships and VET in School courses over 2015 and 2017 with a further 21
    currently enrolled for 2018

  • 1201 students were engaged in either accredited or non-accredited courses over 2014 and 2016

  • An average of 67.5% of participants across all programs were from disadvantaged backgrounds over 2015 - 2017

  • Accredited training qualifications delivered:

  • Certificate III in Community Services

  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (partial completion)

  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

  • Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care)

  • Awareness raising programs include:

  • Experience Community Services program

  • Year 10 Taster Program

  • School Leavers Program

  • ​Work experience at St John of God

  • Work experience at Barwon Health

  • Careers in Health Taster for students with a disability

  • 88% student completion rate for accredited programs in 2015-2017

  • Stakeholders / partners in the program:

  • 25 Secondary Schools

  • 41 employers supporting the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

  • 44 employers supporting the VET in Schools program

  • 49 industry partners 


Of those students undertaking accredited courses, many of whom were from disadvantaged backgrounds, the completion rate was a highly creditable 91% in 2016 and 86% in 2017 which reflects not only the determination of the cohort but also the welfare support of the delivery agent, partner agencies industry partners, schools and The Gordon.

To register your interest or stay informed about the program, please enter your details here:

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Please contact Chris Goy for more information.



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

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