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Gforce CEO Rob Birch and The Victorian Premire the Hon. Daniel Andrews at the annoucement
Victorian Government commits to long term support of apprentices through the group training industry. The Victorian Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews and the Hon. Steve Herbert, Minister for Training and Skills announced in Geelong earlier today that the Victorian Government will commit to provide $9.3million in funding over the next 3 years to support Victorian group training organisations employ apprentices and trainees.
Gforce wins contract to help the Barwon’s young job seekers Geelong-based Gforce will help hundreds of jobless youth take a confident step towards employment after winning a four-year federal government contract to deliver `work ready’ skills across the Barwon region. Chief executive officer Rob Birch says the Transition to Work program is an exciting opportunity for young people including early school leavers in a region where youth unemployment tops 19% per cent in some areas within our region.
From all the team at Gforce and People @ Work, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Safe New Year. Our offices will be closed from 12.30pm, Thursday 24th December and will re-open at 8:30am, Monday 4th January. In the event of an urgent matter, please call the following numbers: Corporate: Ross Haby 0427 001 075 People @ Work Geelong/Ballarat: Mark Smith 0448 335 814 Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Lucy O’Reilly 1800 289 675 Staffing Solutions: Nic Jarvis 1800 289 675 Work for the Dole: Jennyfer Allen 0417 363 901
Gforce 2014-2015 Annual Review
Gforce has the pleasure of sharing with you our 2014-2015 Annual Review. Below is a link to the 2014-2015 Gforce Annual Review which provides a snapshot of the outstanding work we do in Geelong, Ballarat and Wyndham communities helping people to find meaningful employment. It also highlights the many community groups and programs we regularly assist through our community giving.
Gforce Strategies 4 Excellence School Based Trainees, Meg Nickels and Abby Westgarth have been recognised for their outstanding results whilst studying Certificate III in Children Services.
BABY Boomers have been the backbone of Australia’s workforce for many years. The boomer generation, which numbers more than 5.5 million, has helped build the country’s economy and shape its society. And, over the next decade or two, they’ll change that working landscape yet again as they retire from paid employment. This exodus will have an impact across Australia, including in the Geelong region. Mature-age workers bring valuable expertise, knowledge and life experience to Geelong’s varied businesses and organisations.
A new Soup Bus will feed more vulnerable Ballarat residents.  CDC has announced it will donate a retired bus to the OnTrack Foundation, which operates the Ballarat institution.  Bus founder Craig Schepis said they might now return to the original goal of operating in areas like Wendouree and Delacombe.  “Eight years ago, when I first started the first one, the plan was to do two nights in the CBD, and one night in outlying areas that need help,” he said. 
Australia’s top group training apprentices and trainees embarked on an intensive career and leadership program that assisted to equip them with the tools and skills to become future leaders. The Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders (TSTL) program brings together 21 outstanding apprentices and trainees, selected from some 27,000 group training apprentices and trainees around Australia. Gforce trainee, Michtell McDowell, who is hosted by GEOTEST Civil Services, North Geelong was selected to attend the 3 day program in Canberra.
2014-15 Gforce Awards Following the success of the inaugural 2013/14 Gforce Apprentice and Trainee Awards, the 2014/15 Gforce Awards was held on 25 June 2015 in the Fred Flanagan Room, Simonds Stadium. 
Ten eager students had six hours to prepare a vegetarian entree, poultry main course and a duo dessert.  Ingredients were limited which increased the level of the challenge. This year’s WorldSkills regional cookery round was held last week during the Gordon’s Open Day. The students were judged on taste, presentation, their cookery skills and their professionalism within the kitchen. Ten eager students had six hours to prepare a vegetarian entree, poultry main course and a duo dessert.  Ingredients were limited which increased the level of the challenge

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