Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

Paris Pritchard, Jobs Victoria YES trainee.

Are you aged between 15 and 24? You can get an entry-level role in government to help kick-start your career. No experience necessary.

Do work that really matters, learn on the job and complete a qualification at the same time.


The Victorian Government is creating the next generation workforce and we want young people of all abilities, backgrounds, genders and cultures here with us.


Interested in taking the first step to a meaningful career? Read on.

YES traineeships

YES is a one-year paid traineeship in the Victorian Public Service. As a YES trainee, 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:

  • paid work experience
  • an accredited qualification
  • valuable new skills
  • inspiring mentors
  • confidence to find your career path at the end of your traineeship.

Who can apply?

YES is open to people who:

  • are 15 to 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 represent one or more of the priority groups below:

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

How do you apply?

Applications for YES are made through Group Training Organisations (GTOs). Visit the YES page on Youth Central for more information and to find a list of GTOs.

Watch Paris's story to find out more about being a YES trainee:

Read the video transcript

Youth Cadetship Scheme

The Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship Scheme offers two-year entry-level roles in a Victorian Government department or agency. Cadets learn on the job and study a Certificate IV in Government at the same time.

The Youth Cadetship Scheme is a pilot program that started in 2017 and will run until 2020.

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 is managed in collaboration with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

The Youth Cadetship Scheme gives:

  • the opportunity to learn on the job in a real work environment
  • an accredited qualification to enhance on-the-job learning
  • training and development opportunities
  • individual mentorship with a CPSU liaison officer
  • opportunities to apply for other roles in government at the completion of the cadetship.

How is the Youth Cadetship Scheme different from YES?

The Youth Cadetship Scheme builds on the foundations of a YES traineeship by offering further training and a fixed-term position within the Victorian government. It provides further on-the-job learning opportunities and a pathway to a career in the Victorian Public Service.

Who is eligible?

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.

Current participants in the Youth Cadetship Scheme were eligible via two pathways – a YES Traineeship or through a Jobs Victoria Partner. To be eligible, applicants needed to be:

  • aged 15 to 24 and have completed or nearly completed a YES traineeship
  • aged 15 to 24 and registered as a Jobs Victoria jobseeker, representing one of the priority groups below:
    • long-term unemployed
    • resident in rural or remote area of Victoria
    • early school leaver (prior to year 12)
    • single parent
    • have disability or mental illness
    • social housing tenant
    • out of home care client
    • offender/ex-offenders/youth justice client
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • culturally and linguistically diverse
    • refugee or asylum seeker
    • a family member of a veteran.

Watch Cerrin’s story to learn more about the Youth Cadetship Scheme:

Read the video transcript

Still got questions?

Talk to the Jobs Victoria team by phoning 1300 208 575 or by sending us a message on the contact page.