WCIG makes a splash in metropolitan Victoria


WCIG has been selected as one of two key employment service providers to deliver a program to recruit 300 people into aquatic-related careers.

Known as the Next Wave Program, WCIG, through Jobs Victoria, will partner with Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) to create roles varying from swimming teachers, lifeguards, and duty managers to customer service staff. With full-time and part-time positions available, these roles will be based at local council pools, swim schools, aquatic and recreation centres, and community facilities. 

WCIG will provide support and job-readiness training to job seekers wanting a job within the industry, including First Aid and CPR, lifeguard training and

certified qualifications in swim teaching and water safety. WCIG will service all metropolitan Victoria, while the other service provider, Qualify, will support and prepare applicants living in regional Victoria. 

WCIG’s CEO, Ron Miers, said, “We are so pleased to be part of this great initiative and partner with ARV to address a shortage of roles within the industry. Water safety is a priority during summertime. We hope we can help boost the workforce in places we all love to go to cool down, have fun and splash around.’’ 

When recruiting for the industry, priority will be on young people under the age of 25 and over 45, the long-term unemployed, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including First Nation people, veterans, and people with a disability. Those hired will have a guaranteed opportunity to work for at least 12 months and be paid at award rates or above.  

New recruits will also get paid while receiving nationally accredited training. Trainees will also receive work equipment, tools, uniforms, course materials and mentoring as they begin their new career. 

“We are excited to be a selected partner in helping to grow the aquatics workforce across metropolitan Victoria. We look forward to working with our job seekers to help them begin a rewarding career within the industry,” said Ruth Carre, Jobs Victoria Employment Services Manager, WCIG. 

The Next Wave program will not only address a shortage of swim teachers but will allow swimmers to catch up on vital water safety education as summer approaches.  

Recruitment has already started and ends in mid-2023. Don’t miss out on beginning a new rewarding career in the aquatics and recreational industry.

Please contact us for more information. 

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