About RISE

The Regional Industry Sector Employment Program (RISE) is a collaborative program that connects job seekers with industry via training, recruitment, mentoring and support.

RISE was developed as a solution to the current skill shortage in the local construction industry. The building industry in Greater Geelong is booming, with an increased demand for housing that is forecast to continue for the next 10 to 20 years, but there are not enough qualified tradespeople available to do this work.

RISE prepares graduates for a construction industry apprenticeship with trade skills and work experience, and offers personal development and team building skills to develop participants’ confidence and make the most of their strengths so that they can be their best. RISE connects, mentors and supports from start to finish.

RISE is led by the City of Greater Geelong and supported by the Gforce Community Fund. RISE partners The Gordon, Master Builders Victoria, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network, Northern Futures and Whittington Works underpin the program with extensive expertise in training and recruitment, along with industry knowledge and networks.