The Today's Skills: Tomorrow's Leaders 2014 program participants at Parliament House
Two Geelong locals are shining a spotlight on vocational training after earning national recognition for being among the best apprentices and trainees in Australia. Carpentry apprentice Alexander Innes, 20, of Belmont, and Education trainee Grace Brennan, 18 of Highton, were among 19 people selected from a field of about 30,000 to take part in Group Training Australia's annual leadership program.
Gforce CEO Rob Birch with the winners of the HR category, Ocean Road Landcaping
Gforce once again sponsored the Human Resources Award at the 2014 Geelong Business Excellence Awards. Established in 1986, the event recognises organisations that have achieved business excellence in the Geelong region. The Awards are the oldest continuously running and most prestigious business awards programs in Australia, and, as such, provide a significant recognition and celebration of business achievement and performance.
Gforce CEO Rob Birch with Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons
Gforce recently hosted the August 2014 Geelong Business Network breakfast. Gforce CEO Rob Birch introduced Mayor Darryn Lyons who was interviewed by Paula Kontelj, FM presenter and Liberal Candidate for Geelong. Rob set the scene for the interview with an outline of the changing landscape of industry and employment in our region. The focus of the Geelong economy is now moving from traditional manufacturing and processing to advanced manufacturing and a range of service industries, including research, education, administration, professional services, tourism and hospitality. 
The Gforce Awards
This month Gforce hosted a stunning evening that celebrated the regions finest in industry. 240 guests attended a showcase evening where exceptional employers, apprentices and trainees were rewarded for their contribution and commitment to industry, at the inaugural Gforce Awards, held at the Geelong Football Club ‘Captains Room’.
Strategies 4 Excellence Community Services school-based trainee, Maddison Pearson, shares her desire for a career in the disability sector. Grief spurs Maddie to pursue a career in disability Courtney Crane | Geelong Advertiser | January 27, 2014 12:30PM AS the eldest of 10 children, caring for others is second nature to Maddie Pearson. She's 17 going on 30, as her mother likes to say.
Cottage by the Sea organisers
Cottage by the Sea, one of Gforce's Community Partners, held its annual Fair on Saturday 18th January. The sun was out and shining, along with thousands of visitors. Since 1890 'The Cottage by the Sea', a community charity, provide weekly camp programs in a seaside holiday environment to children and families in need. The Fair, held in January every year, is one of Cottage by the Sea's major fundraising events. This year’s Fair was very successful with the Cottage raising $65,000.