State government assistance in Victoria
Youth Employment Scheme (YES)
YES provides employment opportunities for young people aged 15 to 24 who face barriers to employment, allowing them to gain qualifications and practical experience through traineeships and apprenticeships in the Victorian public sector. For further information about YES, go to the Employment Start Up page on the Youth Central website at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au or visit http://dsdbi.vic.gov.au/careers/youth-employment-scheme.
Futures for Young Adults (FFYA)
The transition from school to adult life is an important time for young adults with disability, with many new opportunities and challenges. Many students with disability access the range of post-school options available to all young people; however, some may require additional support.
The Victorian Department of Human Services’ Futures for Young Adults (FFYA) programme is targeted to young people with disability whose support needs cannot be met through mainstream and other community, employment or further education programmes.
FFYA provides up to three years of assistance to help young people build the skills and connections necessary to achieve their social and economic goals as they make the transition from school. FFYA funding packages can be used to purchase a wide range of tailored support options, such as:
- support to build skills for more independent engagement in community activities, including options for volunteering
- support to build work-related skills and confidence
- involvement in activities that match the person’s interests
- development of social and support networks, including those based on similar interests.
These activities and supports can be purchased on an individualised or group basis.
Transition to Employment (TTE)
The TTE initiative is part of the FFYA program. It is specifically designed to provide work-focused, time-limited support to young people with disability who want to pursue paid employment but who are not yet ready to move into employment or receive assistance through an Australian Government employment program.
TTE is focused on supporting this group of young people for up to two years to build the skills, capacity and work experience to facilitate entry into the paid workforce.
For further information about FFYA or TTE, contact the Disability Information and Support Service on 1800 783 783 (TTY 13 36 77 and ask for 1300 650 172) or visit the website at www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability/community-life-and-jobs.
The Victorian Skills Gateway
Victorian Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offer more than 1800 qualifications, ranging from accountancy to youth work, with flexible study options available.
The Victorian Skills Gateway: TAFE and Training Course Directory 2015 can help you to make the right choices by giving you an up-to-date listing of vocational training courses on offer across the state. There is information about where the jobs are, funding, apprenticeships and traineeships, training pathways and also Learn Local Adult Community Education.
For more information, call the TAFE and Training Line on 13 18 23 or visit www.education.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway.
Assessment of overseas school qualifications
Assessment of overseas secondary school qualifications up to the equivalent of Victorian Government schools’ Year 10 is completed by schools. Speak to the principal or year-level coordinator of the school in which you are interested for more information.
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) issues a Statement of Equivalent Qualification to people who have educational qualifications from overseas that are judged by the VCAA to be equivalent to completion of Year 11 or Year 12. For further details and application forms, contact the Student Records and Results Unit at Level 1, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000 or by phone on (03) 9032 1742. VCAA may also assess overseas secondary school qualifications considered equivalent to Year 10, but does not assess qualifications above Year 12 level.
Assistance for young people
Youth Central is the Victorian Government’s website for young people aged 12 to 25. It provides a range of information about jobs, study, travel, money and relationships, as well as opportunities for young people to get their work published. Further information can be found at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au.