Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS)

The Jobs Victoria Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS) can give you a job in the public service and experience that will put you on the path to a meaningful career. It has been developed in partnership with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

Who can apply?

If you have completed, or nearly completed, a YES traineeship and represent one of the following target groups, you may be eligible for a cadetship:

  • 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 parent
  • 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 does YCS work?

The program:

  • offers entry-level public service positions to disadvantaged young people who have graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme (YES)
  • supports you to further your public service career to the next level
  • offers you continuing accredited training throughout your cadetship.

Victorian Government departments will advertise cadetship positions and you will be required to undertake an application process. If successful, as a cadet you will commence a Certificate IV in government and will be able to apply for a scholarship that will reimburse you for half of the cost of your studies.

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

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 means that promising YES trainees can apply to stay within the VPS to further their career through a cadetship once their YES traineeship is completed.


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

Phone: 1300 208 575

Page last updated: 12 January 2017