Voices of GROW

Dr Genée Marks, learnings from job seekers

Dr Genée Marks from Bricolage Consulting reflects on the action research she undertook with participants from local Jobs Victoria programs – Colac Jobs Victoria, Whittington Works Alliance, Whitelion and Northern Futures. Genée discusses how getting a job is “opening a gateway to the world”. To learn more about this research, you can read the summary...

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2018 GROW Report Card #2

On May 3, around 100 GROW partners and signatories attended the 2018 GROW Report Card Event at Eastern Hub. Highlights reported at the event include: GROW now has 82 signatories, 46 with action plans underway, most committing to offer employment opportunities or shift to local spend In 2016/17 GROW signatories reported a shift in local...

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Bethany’s local and social benefits

Bethany Community Support Inc. signed as a GROW Compact Signatory in 2016 and at the time already had a high level of local spend (around 80%), with the remainder mainly related to purchases where local suppliers were not available. As it was difficult to increase the level of local spend, Bethany decided to focus on...

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Creative Compact Action Planning

BTS – Business Technology Specialists  is proof that no business is too small or too busy to incorporate the GROW principles into their workplace. While developing BTS’ GROW compact action plan, Stan Corner (CEO) had the brainwave of sponsoring student leaders from Northern Bay College and North Geelong Secondary College to attend the G21 Stakeholder...

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2017 GROW Report Card #1

The GROW Report Card event on May 3 revealed the impact of the GROW Compact Signatories through their local procurement and recruitment over the last financial year. The measurements showed: 72 employment outcomes for GROW target communities, including traineeships and apprenticeships (provided by GROW Compact Signatories) 9.34% shift to local procurement, or $23.88m into the region...

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Nelle, a Barwon Water story

Nell talks of her experience in working for Barwon Water: “I have gained courage with meeting new people, and pushing my own boundaries and getting out of my comfort zone.”

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For the Locals, by the Locals

About Baptcare Baptcare has provided care services to the Victorian community for more than 70 years and is thrilled to be making a multi-million dollar commitment to build 52 affordable rental houses, a 90 bed aged care facility and a large community hub with a café for locals to meet in, right in the heart...

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