Aquatics and Recreation Victoria secures support to create 300 entry-level industry jobs

With labor shortages in the aquatics industry having a serious impact on center operations, with swim lesson waiting lists of over 300 students at some regional facilities, Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV ) secured funding from Jobs Victoria to support the creation of 300 entry-level jobs in aquatic facilities. working to solve this crucial challenge.

Jobs Victoria’s support of ARV’s Next Wave program aims to recruit 150 swimming instructors and lifeguards by January, to ensure that aquatic facilities across the state can provide vital aquatic services by Q1 2023.

Explaining the challenge, Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Center Aquatic Coordinator Khy Blizzard said, “Our waitlist for swim school has grown to 305.

“The shortage of teachers has an impact on the community.

“Children don’t learn to swim, which is a necessary life skill when they live on the coast. The community needs qualified swimming instructors to help teach their children to swim so they can have a safe summer.

With the center having hired a new swim instructor last month as part of the Next Wave program, Blizzard said “Having Jenna join our team has freed up our waiting list of 35-45 kids.”

Next Wave is designed to provide secure employment for Victoria residents belonging to specific priority cohorts across the state – in both Metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Victoria.

Roles including swimming instructors, lifeguards, service manager and customer service agents are offered on a permanent part-time or full-time basis, for at least 19 hours per week for 12 months and beyond.

Employers are reimbursed for costs associated with training, onboarding and hiring jobseekers, while jobseekers receive employment readiness training and support through project partners JVES, WCIG and Qualify.

This program is currently ongoing and will continue until June 2023.

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