Youth Cadetship Scheme

The Youth Cadetship Scheme offers roles within the Victorian Public Service (VPS) to young people who have experienced barriers to employment.

The Youth Cadetship Scheme is a pilot program that started in 2017 and will run until 2020. The program offers two-year entry-level cadetships to eligible young people aged 15 to 24.

It provides an opportunity to learn on the job while completing accredited training. This offers young people a pathway to a meaningful career while contributing to a more diverse and inclusive Victorian public sector workforce.

The Youth Cadetship Scheme is no longer accepting new applications. The last intake of new cadets was in early 2019 and this cohort is expected to graduate in late 2020.

The Youth Cadetship Scheme was developed in collaboration with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

How does the Youth Cadetship Scheme work?

The program:

  • offers two-year entry-level VPS positions to eligible young people who graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) or who were referred from a Jobs Victoria Partner
  • provides accredited training, with cadets working full time while completing a Certificate IV in Government
  • provides cadets with individual support from a dedicated CPSU liaison officer
  • supports them to a level where they can compete for positions that will further their VPS career.

Cadetship positions were advertised by Victorian Government departments and prospective cadets underwent an application process.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, prospective cadets had to have completed or nearly completed a YES traineeship or be registered as a Jobs Victoria jobseeker and represent one of the target groups below:

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

How is the Youth Cadetship Scheme different from YES?

The Youth Cadetship Scheme builds on the foundations of YES trainees. It provides the capacity to retain promising trainees within the VPS and offer them a career pathway at the completion of their YES traineeship.

How do young people apply?

The Youth Cadetship Scheme is no longer accepting new applications.

The Youth Cadetships Scheme is a pilot program running from 2017 to 2020, providing a total of 135 cadetships. The last intake of new cadets was in early 2019 and this cohort is expected to graduate in late 2020.

Information for current cadets can be found in the guide below:

Information about other entry-level roles in the Victorian Public Service, such as the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) traineeships, can be found by visiting the Employment and Cadetships for Young People page.

Information for current managers of cadets

Staff in all VPS departments and agencies who are managing cadets can get in contact with the Jobs Victoria team with any queries or speak with the YES/YCS coordinator in their department.

More information can also be found in the factsheet and guide below.

Accessible versions of the documents on this page are currently not available. Work to create accessible versions may already be in progress or an accessible version can be provided on request. Please contact Jobs Victoria if you need further information about these documents.

Hear more about the benefits of the Youth Cadetship Scheme from Cerrin and her manager Frances.

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