Whittington Works - Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)

Whittington Works was a employment program assisting long term unemployed people in Whittington and surrounding areas including the Bellarine peninsula.

This program helped people gain work and/or employment. We are not currently offering options in these areas, but instead we have provided the information below for community members to gain assistance with other providers.

Helping people find work

The aim of the Whittington Works JVEN program was assist job seekers whom are finding it difficult to obtain work.

It was funded by the Victorian Government and delivered by the City of Greater Geelong and Bethany Community Support Services. Our work mentors work closely with employers to find job opportunities and assist people looking for work to prepare for jobs and to support them when a job is found.

Program model

The program was aimed at assisting people are at a disadvantage in finding and sustaining work.  We value working with people who are sometimes the most vulnerable due to life barriers they experience.

We supported job seekers by:

  • providing an individually tailored response
  • develop employability skills to gain and maintain meaningful employment through appropriate and relevant training
  • providing individual work preparation including assisting with resumes and job application
  • connecting them into other support services that based on their individual needs

We supported local employers by:

  • sourcing eligible job seekers
  • skill up our job seekers to ensure they are fully trained to meet the needs of the business where possible.


  • Drop-in job assistance and information sessions delivered by Community Houses on the northern Bellarine and eastern Geelong.
  • Job search support and mentoring
  • Work preparation
  • Job matching and placement
  • Personal support to address non-vocational barriers
  • Referral to training and/or literacy and numeracy support, if required
  • Post-employment support to job seekers and employers
  • Active engagement with employers and industries to identify vacancies.

Job seekers eligibility

To be eligible for our Whittington Works JVEN program, you needed to be facing several barriers to employment, including being:

  • from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • long-term unemployed
  • homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • single parents
  • youth justice clients
  • social housing residents
  • young people in and out of home care
  • low-income earners
  • people with disability
  • people with mental illness
  • refugees, asylum seekers and migrants

Need to know more…


Chris Walters
Team Leader
Community Inclusion
03 5272 4584
Email: [email protected]

Page last updated: Monday, 1 June 2020