Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

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Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

The Youth Employment Scheme (YES) provides young people aged 15 to 24 with an opportunity to work in the Victorian Public Service for 12 months while completing accredited training.

YES aims to increase the participation of young people in the workforce, while assisting communities to meet future skill and employment needs.

How does YES work?

The program:

  • offers 12-month entry-level traineeship positions in the Victorian Public Service
  • provides accredited training
  • helps young people to gain paid work experience, qualifications and training that lead to sustainable employment.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for YES, participants must be:

  • aged 15 to 24 years at the commencement of the traineeship
  • unemployed or not working more than 15 hours per week (you do not have to be registered with a jobactive provider or receiving assistance from Centrelink)
  • not currently undertaking tertiary education
  • without a post-school qualification (excluding Certificate level I–IV courses).

The program has a focus on addressing barriers to employment. Priority is given to young people who:

  • have left school without completing Year 12 or, in the case of Australian School-based Traineeships, are at risk of leaving school early
  • are from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • are at risk of homelessness
  • are young offenders
  • have a disability
  • live in social housing.

How do you apply?

Applications for YES are made through Group Training Organisations (GTOs). If you are interested in applying you can contact Jobs Victoria or visit the YES page on Youth Central for more information and to find a list of GTOs.

How do Victorian Public Service hiring managers get involved?

Hiring managers in all Victorian Public Service departments and agencies can create YES trainee positions by getting in contact with the Jobs Victoria team.

Working for Victoria Youth Employment Program

The Working for Victoria Youth Employment Program offers 6–12 month roles in Victorian Government departments and agencies.


  • undertake a short training course in public sector administration
  • receive job-preparation, mentoring and post-placement support.

Who is eligible?

The Youth Employment Program is open to Victorians who are:

  • aged between 17 and 29 years at the time of application
  • unemployed
  • eligible to be employed by the Victorian Government.

How do you apply?

Opportunities are listed through the Working for Victoria online jobs platform.

Register for the Working for Victoria online jobs platform

Community Traineeship Program

Jobs Victoria, in partnership with the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), is supporting 200 young people to gain traineeships in health and community services and local government.

The Jobs Victoria Community Traineeship Program offers eligible young people aged 15 to 24 a job and accredited training in health, community services and local government. The program is available in the City of Greater Bendigo, City of Greater Dandenong and City of Hume.

How does the program work?

The program:

  • offers a 12-month entry-level traineeship in the health and community services and local government sector
  • provides accredited training through local TAFE providers – participants complete a Certificate IV in Community Services
  • offers ongoing support to trainees
  • helps employers to supervise and support trainees
  • offers the start of a long-term career pathway in a growth sector
  • builds a pool of skilled workers to meet future industry needs
  • contributes to the development of a best practice model for the delivery of future traineeships.

Who delivers the traineeships?

Three Jobs Victoria Partners deliver the Jobs Victoria Community Traineeship Program in their local areas:

Who is eligible for a traineeship?

To be eligible a prospective trainee must:

  • be aged 15–24
  • be long-term unemployed (26+ weeks) or at risk of long-term unemployment or currently underemployed for less than 12 hours per week working in casual or intermittent employment
  • not have a tertiary qualification and not be currently enrolled or engaged in any form of ongoing education, employment or training
  • live in the City of Greater Dandenong, the City of Hume or the City of Greater Bendigo
  • be an Australian citizen; or a permanent resident; or a New Zealand citizen who has been living in Australia for more than 6 months; or a person seeking asylum who holds a temporary visa with work entitlements.

You can register your interest as a trainee or potential host organisation at Victorian Traineeships.