Voices Of GROW

GROW Start-Up Review

  An external review of GROW was undertaken by Clear Horizon Consulting, reflecting on the activities and outcomes of the GROW initiative during the start-up phase. Whilst the review reflected on past achievements, the main focus was to support forward thinking and planning, to build on success and develop insightful solutions to move past the...

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Procurement Analysis – 2018 financial year

Following the GROW report card, we took some time to further analyse the procurement data provided by Compact Signatories. The attached report looks at key trends, spend flows in to the G21 region and also down to suburb level, as well as digging a little further in to spend that is occurring outside of the...

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Reporting on Compact Action Plans

For the first time at the recent 2019 GROW Report Card Event, collective progress against the Compact Action Plans of GROW signatory’s was able to be reported. Of 110 Compact Signatories, 72 have developed compact action plans. These bespoke plans have been co-designed with signatories to deliver, monitor and report on their collective action. Over...

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2019 GROW Report Card #3

On Thursday, 2 May, GROW signatories and partners met at the presentation of 2019 GROW Report Card, held at the new Baptcare Coasthaven Community. This beautiful facility is providing significant local employment and high quality aged care support for 3214 residents. Bill Mithen, CEO of backbone organisation the Give Where You Live Foundation delivered the GROW Report Card...

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Data Snapshots

Snapshots of the latest census data has been compiled for GROW target communities: Corio, Norlane, Whittington and Colac. Did you know that in some areas 27% of households don’t have access to the internet? Or that youth unemployment rates can be as high as 75%? Or that rental stress is significantly higher in some suburbs...

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What are the principles of GROW?

The GROW initiative is tackling barriers to employment by convening a regional approach, bringing together business, government and community. By working collaboratively to change everyday business practices, the GROW initiative aims to drive inclusive growth and create sustainable and sustaining jobs for people from Norlane, Corio, Whittington and parts of Colac. You can find out...

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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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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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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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