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.