Young woman at a Work and Learning Centre.

Jobs Victoria Work and Learning Centres help jobseekers, especially those living in public housing, to find local training, jobs and work experience.

In partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and local community agencies, Jobs Victoria provides a network of Work and Learning Centres that assists jobseekers, especially those living in public housing estates, to access education and training and find their way into meaningful employment.

To date the Work and Learning Centre initiative has set up five centres around Victoria, in Carlton, North Geelong, Moe, Ballarat and Shepparton.

Training and support services

Work and Learning Centres aim to provide personalised support and services that meet the needs of the individual.

Jobseekers have access to:

  • career guidance and job service training
  • vocational training with local providers
  • foundation skill courses to improve work-readiness
  • work opportunities through links with local employers
  • support services to address other barriers like health and mental health services, drug and alcohol support and child care

The centres also take referrals from local services, health professionals and department staff.

How do businesses access Work and Learning Centres?

If you are a business with job opportunities and want to find out more, contact Jobs Victoria:

Phone: 1300 208 575
Email: jobsvictoria@ecodev.vic.gov.au

How do jobseekers access Work and Learning Centres?

Jobseekers can visit a Work and Learning Centre to develop a plan tailored to their individual needs.

Work and Learning Centre locations

There are five Work and Learning Centres in Victoria:

Carlton Work and Learning Centre
Operated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence at the Church of All Nations
180 Palmerston Street, Carlton
Ph: (03) 9288 9953

Geelong Work and Learning Centre
Operated by Northern Futures
Norlane Community Centre, Windsor Park
Rose Avenue, Norlane
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Ph: 0437 655 360

Moe Work and Learning Centre
Operated by Gippsland Employment Skills Training
44 Albert Street, Moe
Ph: 0351 274 544

Ballarat Next Steps Work and Learning Centre
Operated by Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network
Ballarat South Community Hub
11 Tuppen Drive, Sebastopol (and various outreach locations)
Ph: 0353 293 275

Shepparton Work and Learning Centre
Operated by Salvation Army Pathways
Main office: 43a Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Training facility: 2 McLennan Street, Mooroopna
Ph: 0358 254 516
Fax: 0358 252 648

More information

Find out more about Work and Learning Centres in Victoria here

Blake's story

Blake finds his vocation with help from the Geelong Work and Learning Centre.

Twenty-one year old Blake lives with his father in public housing in Norlane. He left school after Year 10 and has faced a number of challenges.
Blake is now working as a qualified plaster hanger.

Blake is now working as a qualified plaster hanger.

Blake's housing officer suggested the Geelong Work and Learning Centre could help him find a career path.
Blake joined a 12-week transport and logistics program. His work and learning advisor then suggested an apprenticeship would be a good next step.
Blake completed a three-week Construction Skill Set course with Gordon TAFE. There he sampled five trades including plastering, painting, carpentry, cabinet making and bricklaying.
Blake really enjoyed the plastering work, so his advisor approached a local plastering company to arrange some work experience. From the first day the employer was delighted with Blake's commitment and offered him a four-week trial.
Together the employer and the work and learning advisor came up with a plan to support Blake to get into the plastering industry.
A traineeship was identified as the best option. After further discussion with Gordon TAFE, they devised a program to suit Blake and his employer's needs. 
Blake has successfully completed his traineeship and is now working with a local Geelong firm as qualified plaster hanger.