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
The 2015 Gforce Awards
As the regions largest employer of Apprentices and Trainees, Gforce work with hundreds of exceptional people learning new skills and challenging themselves to work towards their ideal career. We also work closely and collaboratively with Geelong employers over the years, and recognise the importance of these businesses in helping shape and build the next wave of skilled personnel.
Nigel Petrie
Gforce together with People @ Work sponsored the first Geelong Young Professionals event for 2015 featuring creator of objects and crafter of steel Nigel Petrie. Over 100 young professionals attended the breakfast held at Geelong’s Truffle Duck to listen to the engineer discuss his own endeavor to create and inspire and the creation of Engineered to Slide.
Gforce CEO Rob Birch accepts the 2015 Geelong Impetus Youth Corporate Award -
Gforce has been presented with the Corporate Award at the annual Impetus Geelong Youth Awards held over the weekend. The category recognises businesses that highlight youth development as a core component of their business. Gforce CEO Rob Birch said he and his staff were proud to play a pivotal role in empowering, mentoring and providing creative pathways to training and employment for Geelong’s youth. “We know young people are the Geelong region's most valuable asset and the key to a vibrant future.
Gforce wins major contract
Gforce's Staffing Solutions division will continue to help shape Geelong's diverse workforce after winning an increased five-year federal government Employment Services contract to deliver quality services to job seekers and employers across the region. Chief Executive Officer Rob Birch says the new Employment Services 2015-20 contract called Jobactive means Gforce can increase its positive impact on the region's community. And he is confident Geelong's business leaders can help provide career pathways for unemployed people wanting to work.
Gforce expands into Ballarat
Gforce Employment Solutions is bringing its successful Apprentices & Trainees program to Ballarat to help businesses build a strong future for themselves and the city's young people. The group training organisation, one of Victoria's largest employers of apprentices and trainees, wants to place 30 trainees and apprentices with businesses in the next 12 months. And program leader Lucy O'Reilly is adamant that's got to be good news for the regional city.