GTO celebrates three years as a Certified Social Trader

AGA, part of the IntoWork Group, has kept its position as an innovative and effective Group Training Organisation (GTO) by achieving three years as a registered social enterprise, certified by Social Traders.

Social Traders offer Australia’s only social enterprise certification and aim to create a more inclusive and equitable Australia through three key pillars: supporting business and government, growing social enterprise and advocating for policy and practices.

By partnering with AGA, suppliers and contractors involved in government infrastructure projects can fulfil their Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG) targets (providing opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets to work and train on Victoria’s largest construction projects) and with AGA as a Social Trader, contribute to social procurement.

AGA is known for supplying quality apprentices and trainees to significant infrastructure projects in Victoria, as well as for creating employment pathways and opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The certification combines these two strengths to help build a skilled workforce for the future.

AGA CEO Leeann Rayner said AGA is proud to create a positive social and environmental impact in the community. “We’re part of the IntoWork Group which is a leading not for profit provider of employment, skills, education and support services. For AGA being certified for many years as a Social Trader is a huge achievement. Recognising not only our position as a respected GTO but as an organisation that is creating positive social impact through enabling equitable access to educational, economic and social participation for all Australians.”

AGA employment and training programs have been designed to break down barriers and align with Social Traders core mission.

“Our employment and training programs provide real opportunities for those who are disadvantaged, enabling them to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential,” Leeann said.

Pre-apprenticeship programs and strong connections with employers have been pivotal in providing real opportunities to marginalised groups. Including the long-term unemployed, regional and rural residents, indigenous communities, multicultural communities’ individuals, refugees, retrenched workers, mature-aged individuals and those with disabilities.

The Women in Trades program has been particularly successful in supporting women to break into traditionally male-dominated industries. With women underrepresented in trades, this initiative equips women with the necessary skills and qualifications to succeed, fostering gender diversity and equality in the workforce. Since the program’s inception, 82 women have completed the program, with many securing apprenticeships afterwards.

One program making a significant impact is Flip My Ride, the program is dedicated to supporting marginalised youth aged 12–24 in the Brimbank, Melton, Wyndham and Maribyrnong areas, with the goal of reducing their involvement with the justice system. Since its establishment, Flip My Ride has helped 27 participants in securing employment or pursuing further education.

AGA believes a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion is key to delivering programs that meet the needs of individuals and industry.

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