Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

If you're aged between 15 and 24, you can get paid work experience with the Victorian Government while you study for a qualification. You can also go on to a two-year cadetship.

Have you ever considered working in the public sector?

Do you want to study for a qualification and support yourself while studying? 

Are you aged 15–24? 

Jobs Victoria's Youth Employment Scheme (YES) offers young people who may be facing barriers to employment the first step on the pathway into a career in the Victorian public sector. 

You can start out undertaking a YES traineeship, where you will be working with supportive people in a real work environment, and studying at the same time. 

Eligible YES graduates can then apply for a two-year cadetship with the Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS). 

Read on below about both these programs, and hear some stories of people who are gaining skills and qualifications right now. 

About the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) 

The Youth Employment Scheme is a one-year paid traineeship in the Victorian Public Service, where you will be working in Victorian government departments and agencies, supported by mentors and building skills for an ongoing career. 

A YES traineeship will give you:

  • real experience in a real job
  • valuable new skills
  • inspiring mentors
  • confidence to find your career path

Who can apply for a YES traineeship? 

People who:

  • are between 15–24 years old at the start of the traineeship
  • are unemployed or not working more than 15 hours per week (you do not have to be registered with a jobactive provider or be on Centrelink support)
  • are not currently undertaking tertiary education (for example a university degree)
  • have not attained a post-school qualification (excluding certificate level 1-4 courses)

YES is particularly looking for people who:

  • have left school without completing Year 12
  • have been unemployed for more than six months
  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • are young offenders
  • have a disability
  • live in social housing
  • are from culturally diverse backgrounds

How do you apply? 

Ask us a question about applying for the YES 

Visit YES on Youth Central for more information

YES stories 

What's it like being a YES trainee? Watch Paris' story:

Read the video transcript here

What happens after YES? 

The Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS) is a new pilot program that started in 2017. We are running this program until 2020, offering 135 young Victorians two-year cadetships in the Victorian public sector. The Youth Cadetship Scheme is managed in collaboration with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). 

How does the Youth Cadetship Scheme work? 

The cadetships offer eligible YES graduates entry-level positions in Victorian government departments and agencies. At the same time, you will study a Certificate IV in Government. 

Cadets are supported throughout their cadetship. You will be provided training and development, individual mentorship from a CPSU liaison officer, and supported to further your public sector career to the next level. 

Who is eligible for the Youth Cadetship Scheme? 

To be eligible, you must have completed, or nearly completed, a YES traineeship and represent one of the following priority groups:

  • long-term unemployed (prior to the YES traineeship)
  • residents in rural or remote areas of Victoria
  • early school leavers (prior to year 12)
  • single parents
  • people who have a disability or mental illness
  • social housing tenants
  • out of home care clients
  • ex-offenders/youth justice clients
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • culturally and linguistically diverse people
  • veterans, or family members of a veteran

How do I apply for a cadetship? 

Youth Cadetship Scheme positions are advertised by Victorian Government departments and agencies. If you are a current YES trainee, you can speak to your manager or the YES/YCS coordinator in your department. 

Want more information? 

For more information about the Youth Cadetship Scheme contact Jobs Victoria

Youth Cadetship Scheme launch

Read the video transcript here