Voices Of GROW

Building trust, confidence and understanding

I was saying that [name] had barriers to employment: Mental illness; fairly significant challenges in terms of work; long term unemployed – these are the limitations that [the employee] had. We teamed up with another GROW signatory called Encompass Community Services – that we recruited [the employee] through, and they also provided us with support...

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Working toward the same outcomes

Well I became involved in GROW through my manager […], with my role being I suppose … around employment and training opportunities and the Department of Justice and Community Safety  already working with GROW, she thought it would be [of] benefit to work with [Liz Everist, GROW backbone] and from there it has grown into...

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Solution to recruitment challenges…

Cameron Shepherd, Aus Pits, shares his most significant change story as part of the review of the Start-Up Phase of GROW, and how unique solutions to recruitment have improved staff morale, productivity and efficiencies.   What is a Most Significant Change story? The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a form of monitoring and evaluation...

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GeelongSafe – GROW collective action

In 2018, the City of Greater Geelong initiated a unique program to improve occupational health and safety, called GeelongSafe. This included the funding of five traineeships hosted by GROW Compact signatories – Corio Waste Management; City of Greater Geelong; Aus Pits; WorkSafe and Epworth Geelong. In line with the GROW objectives of supporting employment for...

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What job seekers are telling us

In partnership with local Jobs Victoria programs, Jobs Victoria Colac, Whittington Works Alliances, Whitelion and Northern Futures, action research was undertaken with long-term job seekers from Norlane, Corio, Whittington and Colac. The aim of this research was to hear directly from those who have experienced barriers to getting and keeping a job. You can also...

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GROW clauses were critical

At the 2018 GROW Report Card event, Richard Martin from Hamlan Homes talks about the employment and social procurement outcomes from their work on the Baptcare project.

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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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