VPS cadetship scheme offers disadvantaged youth experience

By David Donaldson

July 10, 2017

Young people who face barriers to work will be given the opportunity to enter the Victorian Public Service through a new cadetship program.

The pilot scheme, to be run in partnership with the Community and Public Sector Union over three years, will take on 135 recruits. The first intake comprises 21 people, it was announced last week.

As part of a two-year placement, participants will forge a career pathway through work experience and the opportunity to gain qualifications.

“We want to give the next generation of public sector workers the skills they need for the jobs they want,” said Minister for Employment and Industry Wade Noonan.

Cadets will be employed in entry-level positions across the VPS and will study a specialist Certificate IV in Government at the Box Hill Institute.

The scheme is a four-year pilot program that builds on the long-standing Youth Employment Scheme.

All seven departments in the state government, and their agencies, are participating.

The government’s $63 million Jobs Victoria program has a goal of placing more than 4000 jobseekers into meaningful and sustainable work over the next four years.

“The fact that there’s disadvantage there doesn’t mean that it’s just a benefit to the young person. The public sector gets a lot of benefit from it as well because they are motivated and they’re prepared to learn things,” says Richard Bolt, secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

To be eligible, prospective cadets must have completed, or nearly completed, a Youth Employment Scheme traineeship and represent one of the following priority groups:

  • long-term unemployed (prior to the YES traineeship)
  • resident in a rural or remote area of Victoria
  • early school leaver (prior to year 12)
  • single parents
  • have a disability or mental illness
  • social housing tenant
  • out of home care client
  • ex-offender/youth justice client
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • culturally and linguistically diverse
  • family member of a veteran

More information can be found here.

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