New opportunities for local students


High school students across Geelong will soon be able to finish with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready for work in high-demand and high-growth industries.

The Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships initiative will deliver new apprenticeships and traineeships at 13 local secondary schools, allowing students to do paid, on-the-job training while finishing their VCAL or VCE.

Local schools delivering Head Start are:

  • Bellarine Secondary College
  • Belmont High School
  • Geelong High School
  • Grovedale College
  • Lara Secondary College
  • Matthew Flinders Girls’ Secondary College
  • Nelson Park School
  • Newcomb Secondary College
  • North Geelong Secondary College
  • Northern Bay P-12 College
  • Oberon High School
  • Surf Coast Secondary Collage
  • Western Heights Secondary College.

Head Start will provide apprenticeships targeted at priority industries and traditional trades like construction, defence and health, with enterprise apprenticeships and traineeships to be developed that target high technology areas needed for the jobs of tomorrow like coding.

Schools will get additional support and funding to help run Head Start. This includes a school-based Head Start coordinator to help deliver the initiative, providing employment and vocational pathway advice and one-on-one support to students.