Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

The Youth Employment Scheme (YES) offers young people paid work experience in the Victorian Public Service (VPS).

The program provides young people aged 15 to 24 with an opportunity to work in the VPS 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 VPS to eligible young people
  • provides accredited training
  • assists young people with gaining paid work experience, qualifications and training that lead to sustainable employment.

Who is eligible?

In order 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 (young people do not have to be registered with a jobactive provider or be in receipt of 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 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 does YES differ from the Youth Cadetship Scheme?

YES is a one-year paid traineeship that offers the first step on the pathway into a career in the VPS.

The Youth Cadetship Scheme is a pilot program that provides two-year entry-level roles in the VPS for young people who have completed or nearly completed a YES Traineeship or who are registered as a Jobs Victoria jobseeker. Note 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.

How many YES traineeships are on offer?

Recruitment is ongoing and positions are continually being created and filled.

How do young people apply?

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

More information is also available on 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 YES trainee positions by getting in contact with the Jobs Victoria team.

Paris' story:

Watch a short video interview with Paris Pritchard, a participant in the YES program:

Read the video transcript here