Northern Futures grew out of the 2007 Northern Suburbs Jobs Summit, held amid concern about mounting job losses in Geelong’s manufacturing sector. The summit brought together State and Federal Members of Parliament as well as business and community leaders to develop a shared vision for future jobs growth in the northern suburbs.
Out of the summit, the Northern Futures steering committee was established and a year later a plan of action was approved at the Northern Futures ‘3214 Way Forward’.
The Northern Futures Strategic Plan – the Way Forward: A Strategic Plan for Social Transformation (2009-2013) guided the work of Northern Futures in its early years, building a framework that has proven to be a successful education, training and workplace model delivering sustainable employment and training opportunities to people experiencing social disadvantage due to long term and often generational unemployment.
In 2014, The Northern Futures Strategic Plan – A Strategic Plan for the Social Revolution of 3214 was released, outlining the important work that remains to be done to create opportunities for people living in Geelong’s northern suburbs.
For many years, whilst the Northern Futures programs were being developed, funding for these programs was auspiced through like minded community organisations, Committee for Geelong and more recently Norlane Community Centre Inc.
The initial Executive Officer of Northern Futures was Lou Brazier, and under her inspirational leadership, the Northern Futures programs thrived. Ms Brazier retired in June 2017.
During 2017, Northern Futures Ltd was incorporated, a Board was established, and a new Executive Officer appointed to ensure the future of Northern Futures Ltd as an independent provider of innovative training and demand led employment solutions in the under-resourced communities of Geelong’s north.