Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS)

The Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS) gives young disadvantaged Victorians a job in the public service and experience that will put them on the path to a meaningful career.

The YCS will run as a pilot program from 2017 to 2020, providing 135 disadvantaged young people with a two-year cadetship in the Victorian Public Sector (VPS). The  program aims to provide sustainable employment to disadvantaged young people and create a more diverse and inclusive VPS workforce.

The YCS has been developed in partnership with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

How does YCS work?

The program:

  • offers entry-level VPS positions to disadvantaged young people who have graduated from  the Youth Employment Scheme (YES)
  • supports them to a level where they can compete for positions that will further their VPS career
  • offers continuing accredited training throughout their cadetship.

Cadetship positions will be advertised by Victorian Government departments and prospective cadets will undertake an application process. Successful cadets will commence a Certificate IV in government and will be able to apply for a  scholarship that will reimburse them for half of the cost of their studies.

Cadets will receive individual support from a dedicated liaison officer at the CPSU.

Who is eligible for YCS?

To be eligible for YCS, prospective cadets must have completed, or nearly completed, a YES traineeship and represent one of the following targeted groups:

  • Long-term unemployed (prior to the YES traineeship)
  • Resident in a rural or remote area of Victoria
  • Early school leaver (prior to year 12)
  • Single parents
  • Have a disability or mental illness
  • Social housing tenant
  • Out of home care client
  • Ex-offender/youth justice client
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse and/or
  • A family member of a veteran.

How is YCS different from YES?

The YCS builds on the foundations of YES, which has been providing one-year traineeships for young people in the VPS since 2000. The YCS provides the capacity to retain promising trainees within the VPS and offer them a career pathway at the completion of their YES traineeship.


For more information on the Youth Cadet Scheme contact Jobs Victoria:

Phone: 1300 208 575

Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship scheme launch

Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship Scheme Launch

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Page last updated: 12 January 2017