The Health & Community Services (H&CS) industry sector is the largest and fastest growing employment sector in the Geelong region with the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll out, WorkSafe coming to the region and new hospitals such as the Epworth and a Barwon Health facility in the northern suburbs. H&CS is also the largest employer in the G21 region, state and nationally. Recent trending industries data collated by Geelong Careers for the G21 region, noted that Careers in Health job vacancies during 2021 grew by 72% when compared with 2020 data.
In 2022 the Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network has partnered with Skilling the Bay to bring to young people starting out on their pathway journey, a World of Work Careers Immersion in the Health & Community Services Industry. The World of Work (WOW) program aims to build awareness and create access to the diversity of jobs and career opportunities in the burgeoning H&CS sector in the Geelong region, including those who may experience social or educational exclusion.
The WOW Program implements strategic and coordinated awareness raising modules delivered through the months of April to October 2022 and promotes pathways through VET in Schools or School based Traineeships into further education, training or employment in the H&CS sector. The Program is funded by the Skilling the Bay initiative until the end of 2022.
If you are interested in finding out more about what it's like to work in the community services and health sector, click here to have a look at some videos of people working in some of these careers in our region.