Whittington Works

Supported ‘education to employment’ initiative for the long-term unemployed of eastern Geelong.

The Whittington Works initiative is a social inclusion program delivering education, training and employment to the long-term unemployed residents of Geelong’s eastern suburbs.

The program addresses areas of regional need by linking industries experiencing skills and/or labour shortages with vulnerable or disadvantaged residents keen to re-enter the job market.

For more information see Whittington Works Alliance Partnership

Fast Facts:

  • The program is delivered by the Whittington Works Alliance and builds on an Education to Employment (E2E) model of service delivery

  • It is founded on a partnership approach to linking jobseekers to jobs by providing local education and training opportunities in a supported environment. 

  • Partners include:

    • Bellarine Living and Learning Centre
    • Bethany
    • City of Greater Geelong
    • Community Veracity
    • CRS Australia
    • Encompass Community Services
    • Geelong Regional Local Learning and Employment Network
    • Gforce
    • G21
    • Learn Local
    • MatchWorks
    • Newcomb Secondary College
    • State Government Victoria
    • Karingal St Laurence
    • Whittington Primary School
    • The Gordon
    • Community members
  • Since 2014, a range of training and short courses have been offered including:

    • Certificate III Aged and Community Care
    • Certificate II in Cleaning Operations
    • Certificate II in General Construction
    • Food Processing Skill-set (Short Course)
    • Bricklaying Skill-set  (Short Course)


  • A total of 157 people have enrolled in the programs, with 72% graduating

  • The rate of successful training transitions-to-employment is 46%

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

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Please contact Juliet Williams jwilliams@gordontafe.edu.au​ for more information.


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