CVGT Australia and City of Greater Bendigo

Since 2018, the City of Greater Bendigo and CVGT Australia have been working together to create sustainable employment.

Both organisations consider it an investment in the future – a cost-effective way to deliver long-term, positive development for the community. There is also a shared ambition to support young people on their career journey.

As a leading municipal council in central Victoria, the City of Greater Bendigo offers a wide range of community services. It is the third-largest economic region in Victoria, with a population of 120,000.

To maintain effective operations, the council needed skilled and reliable staff. It also wanted to be proactive in lifting the employment participation rate of people aged 18-24. It was recognised offering apprenticeships or traineeships was the ideal pathway to help this age group into employment. Young people could earn a wage while they learnt and gained a qualification.

As a group training organisation, CVGT Australia employs the apprentice and takes care of the legal and support requirements, navigates government incentives, and ensures the trainee or apprentice gains job training for a nationally recognised qualification.

In the past four years 39 people have been placed, trained and educated under CVGT Australia’s Group Training program, ensuring the City of Greater Bendigo has a sustainable pipeline of skilled and knowledgeable staff.

Working with CVGT, we have been able to leverage their expertise and enhance the likelihood of our apprentices and trainees completing their qualification. They play a key role in addressing the youth employment rate in the Bendigo region.
Vanessa O’Toole – manager, People and Culture
City of Greater Bendigo

39 people on a pathway to achieving national qualifications in four years

In partnership, CVGT Australia and the City of Greater Bendigo have placed 39 people in traineeship positions to achieve certification in one of 12 courses.

1Certificate II in Animal Studies
3Certificate III in Arboriculture
13Certificate III in Business
3Certificate III in Civil Construction
1Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management
2Certificate III in Customer Engagement
2Certificate III in Early Childhood
5Certificate III in Individual Support
1Certificate III in Land Management
3Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
3Certificate III in Parks and Gardens
2Certificate III in Sports Turf Management

We appreciate that CVGT is an end-to-end service. They commence our trainees and apprentices, they look after the RTO, and they have a pastoral care facility as part of their service.

Our trainees and apprentices are looked after from a business side, as well as a personal side, which enables them to fit into our teams seamlessly.

The more support, or wraparound services, we provide the trainees and apprentices, the greater success
we have.

The trainee or apprentice can come to CVGT for service they may require that’s outside what the City would normally provide, which allows us to concentrate on supplying the the knowledge they need for their qualification.

Greg Harris – work placement officer
City of Greater Bendigo

Our collaboration with City of Greater Bendigo is truly changing the lives of apprentices and trainees.

We’re assisting them to complete their qualifications, gain essential skills and open up career opportunities. It’s such
a positive example of local businesses working together to support local people.

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