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 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 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 have graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) or who are 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 are advertised by Victorian Government departments and prospective cadets will undertake an application process.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, prospective cadets must 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 many cadetships are on offer?

The Youth Cadetship Scheme is a pilot program running from 2017 to 2020, providing a total of 135 cadetships.

Recruitment is ongoing and positions are continually being created and filled. The final intake of cadets will take place prior to May 2019.

How do young people apply?

Applications to the Youth Cadetship Scheme can be made through two streams: YES traineeships or via referral through a Jobs Victoria Partner.

YES trainees can complete the application form below and return it to the YES/YCS coordinator in their department.

Jobs Victoria Participants should contact a Jobs Victoria Partner to determine their eligibility and apply.

More information can be found in the guide below or by visiting the Employment and Cadetships for Young People page.

How do VPS hiring managers get involved?

Hiring managers in all VPS departments and agencies can create cadet positions by getting in contact with the Jobs Victoria team or by completing the Request to Engage a Cadet form below and returning it to the YES/YCS coordinator in their department.

More information can 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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