Vitality Village set to shape community sector workforce needs

03 Jun 2021 · News

Employment and training needs in the community sector are set for a positive shakeup on the Sunshine Coast through the multi-million dollar health and wellbeing precinct Vitality Village.

Vitality Village is a $25 million development, led by community services organisation Be, which aims to transform health and wellbeing services on the Coast, by building a community of best practice through collaboration.

Village tenant Look Now Training is an award-winning private training provider, specialising in supplying the communities and carer sector with job-ready graduates, and providing pathways to employment for Indigenous and other job seekers.

Look Now Training CEO Grant McDonagh says he can’t wait to start collaboration with other tenants and change the way the community sector can meet future demand for employment services.

“Our employment placement rates are well above our competitors as shown by our last program which placed 95% of students into employment.

“The proposed community vibe of the Village is really exciting for us. We see that we should offer a lot to other tenants, and they to us as well.

“The idea of collaboration suits us, as we are noisy, social and like to try new things. We think we will secure new business across all arms of our company – training, Indigenous recruitment, Indigenous labour hire – by being here at the Village.”

Look Now Training will have a team of 20 at Vitality Village and has ambitious plans for growth in the next five years.

“We have set ourselves the target for Look Now Training to be the training provider for Vitality Village tenants to source new workers and deliver organisational skills assessments and retraining for current tenant staff,” Grant said.

“We hope all Vitality Village tenants will be seen as leaders in Indigenous employment and support, backed by our team of expert staff.

“Our service offerings will complement the needs of Village tenants whether that’s recruiting Individual support workers, up-skilling existing workers looking to upgrade to supervisory roles, or assistance for businesses looking for trainees.”