Seasons Greetings

From the teams at Gforce, EGF Solutions and People @ Work, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Safe New Year.

Our offices will be closed from 2:00pm, Monday, 24th December and will re-open at 8:30am, Wednesday, 2nd January 2019.

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Gforce Apprentice wins Apprentice of the Year at 2018 AEN Awards

Apprenticeship Employment Network held their 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, 22 November at Pelicans Landing, Williamstown where apprentices, trainees, Goup Training Organisation’s (GTO) throughout Victoria were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts and contribution to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia.

Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) is Victoria’s largest apprentice and trainee employer network with their members securing employment for 150,000 apprentices and trainees over the last 30 years. Their awards ceremony is held annually to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of members, staff, apprentices and trainees within the Victorian GTO industry.

Gforce’s Katrina Palmer won the category of Apprentice of the Year. She is an Electrical and Instrumentation Apprentice completing her fifth and final year of her dual qualification at Viva Energy. Katrina is a member of the Women in Trades networking group, competed in the Worldskills National Championships and is passionate about the movement of female tradies.

Gforce’s Brody Murphy won the STAR (Stop Taking A Risk) Apprentice/Trainee OHS Award. Brody is hosted to Parks Victoria.

Gforce had finalists in the following award categories:

Apprentice of the Year

  • Daniel Aarons – Gforce – Certificate III in Automotive
  • Katrina Palmer – Gforce – 5th Year Electrical & Instrumentation

Trainee of the Year

  • Abbey Halton – Gforce – Certificate III in Companion Animal Services

STAR (Stop Taking A Risk) Apprentice/Trainee OHS Award

  • Brody Murphy – Gforce – Certificate III in Horticulture

Gforce would like to congratulate both Winners and Finalists of the 2018 Apprenticeship Employment Network Annual Industry Awards.


Gforce & TAC Finalists For Victorian Training Award

Local Geelong employment services organisation, Gforce Employment Solutions, and their partner the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), were finalists for the prestigious Victorian Training Award for Apprenticeship Development.

Gforce and the TAC joined forces almost 10 years ago when the TAC first moved to Geelong. Together they developed a 12-month trainee program. The program helps young people with barriers to employment find long-term work.

Rob Birch, Gforce Chief Executive Office said, “The results of the program are outstanding, of the 91 program graduates, 82 were employed or went on to further study.

“The trainee program brings social inclusion and diversity to the TAC business, along with the energy of youth. The business benefits by employing young people who have already demonstrated their capability and work ethic. The trainees benefit by being supported through the transition from unemployment, where they often lacked confidence and resources, to developing skills and confidently carving out a future.”

The traineeship provides practical, vocational training within the TAC and time and resources to support participants in completing a Certificate III in Business.

Participants are assigned mentors who offer guidance and advice on navigating social and workplace conventions. Throughout the traineeship participants are placed in three different TAC divisions, to provide opportunities to build new skills and expand their network.

Tim Box, one of the first program participants, credits his career success to the program. “My traineeship began in 2010. Since then I have progressed through different roles and am currently a TAC Team Manager. Participating in the program was life changing for me. It provided career direction and work purpose. I felt supported, was encouraged to challenge myself and was always learning. Further I was able to build a professional network, which lead to on-going employment beyond the program.”

Watch the nomination video below.


Geelong’s ParentsNext Program To Be Delivered By Gforce

Gforce Employment Services will roll-out the ParentsNext program in Geelong, starting on 1 July.

The ParentsNext program helps parents with young children to move into work once their children are at school.

Rob Birch, Chief Executive Officer Gforce said, “Successful trials of the ParentsNext program since April 2016 has seen the Government invest $263 million in its Australia-wide expansion. Gforce’s extensive expertise in employment services, combined with our local knowledge contributed to our selection as the sole provider in our region.”

Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash said, “This program really helps parents with the skills and assistance they need to get into the workforce, leading to better outcomes for their families.”

“The best form of welfare is a job but for many parents, particularly women, caring for young children means long periods out of the paid workforce and it can be hard to get back into it,” said Minister Cash.

With approximately 96 per cent of participants expected to be women, the program will complement other Government initiatives to increase female participation in the workforce.

Mr Birch said, “Gforce will deliver early intervention assistance, such as identifying education and employment goals, developing a pathway to achieve them and links to activities and services in the local community. This is an exciting new initiative for our region and Gforce is pleased to be delivering the program, which will make real differences to Geelong families.”

For more information please contact

Greg Haynes

General Manager – Employment Services

M 0448239923

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Partnership Between Gforce And Encompass Given Go-Ahead

Local organisations awarded Federal Government contract

Gforce Employment Solutions, in partnership with Encompass Community Services, has been awarded the contract to provide Disability Employment Services in Geelong and surrounding regions.

The partnership, created under the new name of EGF Solutions, commences 1 July this year.

EGF Solutions will provide services on behalf of the Federal Government, Department of Social Services.

The appointment of EGF Solutions coincides with positive changes for people seeking work under the Disability Employment Services (DES) program. The changes give participants greater provider choice and more flexible arrangements.

Rob Birch, Chief Executive Officer, Gforce, said, “We are delighted to join with Encompass to assist people of all abilities to find employment.

“Gforce’s wide expertise in employment services, combined with Encompass’s customer-focused approach, makes us ideally suited to serve the program participants in our region,”

Elaine Robb, Chief Executive Officer, Encompass Community Services, said the partnership will enable more people to be assisted, more often.

“Encompass has been assisting people with disabilities in the Geelong region since 1985 and Gforce has a similar working history. Operating a DES together means people with disabilities who are eager to get into a job will have a range of opportunities from which to choose. This is an exciting time and businesses and employers will have a skilled and task-oriented group of jobseekers from which to select their next employee.  Importantly, our existing program participants can continue to work with us, ensuring they have a consistent provider who knows them best.”

Mr Birch said, “The new changes are a huge step forward for our program participants.”

EGF Solutions will also provide Disability Employment Services in the Ballarat and Warrnambool regions and in Werribee and Melbourne’s western suburbs. EGF Solutions will open new offices in each location and employee 11 new staff members.

For further information please contact

Greg Haynes

General Manager – Employment Services

M 0448239923


Gforce Apprentice & Trainee Award Winners

The Gforce Awards celebrate the achievements of Apprentices and Trainees and their Host Employers who help us to realise our purpose – to place more people into more jobs, through being a leading provider of innovative employment services. 

The judging committee highlighted the calibre of entrants and the support they receive from the Gforce Apprentice & Trainee division. Daniel Aarons placed at Kings Cars was named Apprentice of the Year and Anis Gul Mohammad Ali placed at St John of God Hospital Geelong was named Trainee of the Year.

Our Host Recognition Awards were presented to Salt Electrical, TAC, Winter & Taylor Automotive, Geelong Animal Welfare Society and Barwon Water.

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Gforce Commissions Wokplace Trends Report

Gforce has commissioned a piece of work which investigates just how Geelong’s workforce is transitioning to our Brave New World.

The findings can be revealed of the research to you.

Key findings are:

  • Talent Attraction: Geelong mirrors global trends in using digital mediums for job advertising. Gone are the days when a job ad in the local newspaper was all that was needed.
  • Talent retention: How do Geelong firms keep their staff?
    • No 1 is remuneration
    • Development opportunities
    • Flexible work arrangements
  • Employee benefits. 88% of Geelong organisations offer flexible working arrangements. Common health and wellbeing initiatives in Geelong include Employee Assistance Programs and fitness related benefits
  • Workplace Planning – full time v’s gig economy, succession planning
  • Technology, Digitisation & Automation – only 13% of Geelong’s organisations have had a reduction I jobs resulting from significant tech, digitisation or automation.

Gforce Win Apprentice & Trainee Of The Year At Aen Awards

Apprenticeship Employment Network held their 2016 Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 17 November at Waterfront Venues, Docklands where apprentices, trainees, GTO’s and staff throughout Victoria were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts and contribution to apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia.

Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) is Victoria’s largest apprentice and trainee employer network with their members securing employment for 150,000 apprentices and trainees over the last 30 years. Their awards ceremony is held annually to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of members, staff, apprentices and trainees within the Victorian GTO industry.

Gforce had finalists in the following award categories Apprentice of the Year and Trainee of the Year.

This year’s Gforce winners and finalists are as follows:

2016 Apprentice of the Year Winner
Greg Hogan – G-Force Employment Solutions

2016 Finalists Apprentice of the Year
Hannah Terry – G-Force Employment Solutions

2016 Trainee of the Year Winner
Ashley Hall – G-Force Employment Solutions

2016 Finalists Trainee of the Year
Amy Dowe – G-Force Employment Solutions

Gforce would like to congratulate both Winners and Finalists for the 2016 Apprenticeship Employment Network Annual Industry Awards.


Committee For Geelong Announce Gforce Employment Solutions As 2016 Leaders Alumni Partner

The Committee for Geelong (CfG) are proud to announce Gforce Employment Solutions as its 2016 Leaders Alumni Partner. Gforce partners with the CfG as it celebrates its 10th year of transforming Geelong through its well-regarded leadership programs.

“Gforce are leaders in their field of bringing together the Geelong community and future leaders; they are a valued member of the CfG and we are delighted to have their support,” Rebecca Casson, CEO of Committee for Geelong said.

The CfG’s Leaders Alumni is made up of more than 300 graduates from the CfG’s programs including Leaders for Geelong, Barwon Community Leaders and Leading, Educating and Advocating for People with a Disability (LEAD) Barwon.

Gforce CEO Rob Birch said, “As a Leaders for Geelong graduate, I recognise first-hand the benefits this program can provide for the Geelong region. For this reason, Gforce have partnered with CfG to celebrate its 10th year of running leadership programs.”

Participants in the CfG’s leadership programs learn about the challenges and opportunities shaping the Geelong region, engage with opportunities to address them and become part of an enduring and rewarding network.

As part of the 10 year celebration the Leaders Alumni will be invited to attend exclusive Masterclasses and ‘Come Inside’ Tours throughout 2016, aimed at refreshing and extending their leadership knowledge by learning more about the Geelong community. Leaders Alumni will also be involved in a 10 year celebratory event later in October 2016.

If you are interested in finding out more about the CfG’s leadership programs please contact Rosemary White, Leadership Program Manager on 5227 8293.

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Gforce Wins Transition To Work In Ballarat

Gforce wins contract to help Ballarat’s young job seekers

Gforce has won a four-year federal government contract to help hundreds of youth in the Ballarat region enter the competitive jobs market armed with valuable `work ready’ skills.

Chief executive officer Rob Birch says the Transition to Work initiative is great news for young people including early school leavers as they hunt for employment.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this program of intensive pre-employment support to more than 250 of the region’s youth a year,’’ Mr Birch says.

“Being `work ready’ is a huge advantage for job seekers. And, in a region where youth unemployment tops 15 per cent, these practical skills can give young job seekers a real edge.’’

The program, which is open to youth and early school leavers between 15 and 21 years, aims to move participants towards work or re-engagement with education.

Gforce will employ an extra three staff as it begins rolling out the program across the region in mid-March. The not-for-profit organisation’s new Youth Employment division will co-ordinate the program at Ballarat, Sebastopol, Wendouree and Maryborough sites and work with local organisations including Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre and local schools.

“This is a program that can make a real difference to youth struggling to find a job,’’ Mr Birch says.

“That’s what Gforce Employment Solutions is all about. We’ve a strong focus on helping young people find work and training and we know that employment and education open doors to a better life.

“Through the Transition to Work program we’ll be able to help hundreds of youth a year tread more confidently towards a brighter future.’’

The contract win, announced yesterday by Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash, follows Gforce’s success late last month in winning a similar contract to deliver the program across the Barwon employment region. The Federal Government plans to roll out its new $322 million initiative progressively across Victoria and the nation over the coming months.

Gforce Staffing Solutions and Youth Employment manager Nic Jarvis will oversee the outcome-based program across both regions. The Barwon service launched this week and it will be Ballarat region’s turn on March 14.

Mr Jarvis says Transition to Work participants will leave the program with practical skills in areas including resume preparation, interview techniques, canvassing jobs and understanding employers’ expectations.

“We want these young people to find jobs – and being work ready is just what employers are looking for nowadays,’’ Mr Jarvis says.

“They want staff to hit the ground running. We can help prepare youth to successfully meet that expectation. And we’ll do all we can to transition them into traineeships, apprenticeships, jobs or further education.’’

The federal Department of Human Services and jobactive providers are referral sources for the Transition to Work program. Interested youth can also self register with Gforce if they fit the program’s criteria.

Mr Jarvis says program staff will work closely with Gforce’s Apprentices and Trainees division and draw on the organisation’s strong network in the business community to assist participants.

“I think Ballarat employers will see the strong value in this program too, for their businesses and the region’s youth,’’ Mr Jarvis says.

“There can be financial advantages for businesses who take on Transition to Work participants and I’d urge employers to throw their support behind the initiative.’’

For more information please contact Gforce.