Community Traineeships Pilot Program

Are you:

  • Aged between 15 and 24?
  • Living in Hume, Dandenong or Bendigo?
  • Currently looking for a job?
  • Without any tertiary qualifications?

You may be eligible for the Community Traineeship Pilot Program.

As part of the program, you will complete a Certificate IV Community Services 1 day per week with a TAFE provider and 4 days working with a host organisation.

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Victoria’s community services industry is vibrant and mature with a proud history of supporting people facing poverty and disadvantage. It is also a major contributor to the Victorian economy, projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in Victoria.

It is a diverse industry, comprised of around 4,700 organisations, ranging from extremely large state-wide and national services to very small, volunteer run community organisations. The sector contributes almost $15 billion to the Victorian economy every year.

Over the next five years, the health and social assistance industry, in which community services are embedded, will be the fastest growing industry in the state, adding around 70,000 new jobs to the Victorian economy.

Jobs Victoria – through the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) – has provided funding to VCOSS and the Future Social Services Institute (FSSI) to deliver a Community Traineeships Pilot Program for young Victorian job seekers, to address youth unemployment and increased workforce demand in the community services industry. The Program was officially launched by Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula on 12 June 2019 at the City of Greater Dandenong Civic Centre.




About the project

The Jobs Victoria Community Traineeships Pilot Program will deliver a new, best-practice model of traineeships in the community services industry.

The program will support 200 young people facing disadvantage to secure traineeships in community services organisations, and will provide flexible, wraparound support to trainees to address barriers to participation and maximise their employment outcomes. The program will also build capacity within host organisations to supervise and support trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The trial and evaluation of this best-practice model will assist community services to host traineeships in the future, and build a pipeline of new workers to support community sector workforce needs. The monitoring and evaluation of this project will be managed by FSSI in partnership with VCOSS (read more about FSSI here).

The program will provide traineeships to eligible young people living in the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Hume and City of Greater Bendigo. As part of the program, VCOSS has engaged three Local Partner Organisations from these three local government areas:

These organisations will provide local project coordination, including trainee recruitment and support, and recruitment and support to ‘Host Organisations’ who take on a trainee.

VCOSS will also engage with local TAFE providers, who will deliver high-quality, industry-relevant, accredited courses to trainees. Program participants will complete a Certificate IV in Community Services as part of their training, alongside a work placement for 12 months.




How do I get involved?

VCOSS and the Local Partner Organisations are now recruiting for ‘Host Organisations’ – community service organisations who are willing and able to employ a trainee for 12 months, full-time.

As this is a two-year program, there will be multiple intakes and closing dates for host organisations to express interest in hosting a trainee. Organisations that express interest for a particular intake will be automatically considered for future intakes.

Detailed information about the role of Host Organisations can be found in this Information Flyer, as well as the Expression of Interest information pack and Frequently Asked Questions document (below).

Organisations do not need to be located within one of the specified Local Government Areas, however, trainees will reside in these locations and must be able to travel to their work site in a reasonable time frame.




Info downloads

Expressions of Interest Information Pack
Frequently Asked Questions





For more information, questions or to submit an EOI:

Please contact:

Emily Barter
03 9235 1000