Unlimited Potential Community Traineeship Pilot Program


The Community Traineeship Pilot Program offers young people roles in the community services industry including disability support services, community and neighbourhood houses and youth services. At the same time, they complete a Certificate IV Community Services at TAFE.

The Unlimited Potential Community Traineeship Pilot Program – funded by Jobs Victoria and managed by VCOSS – is developing, trialing and evaluating a best-practice traineeship model.T he Community Traineeship Pilot Program (CTPP) is creating training and employment opportunities in the community services industry for young people experiencing barriers to labour market participation. The program is also helping community services organisations to host traineeships and meet their future workforce needs.

The CTPP is being delivered over two and half years between 2019 and 2021 – and involves the recruitment and placement of up to 120 trainees in community services organisations.

The program will:

  • commence up to 120 traineeships in the community services industry for eligible young job seekers living in the cities of Greater Dandenong, Hume and Greater Bendigo (note that trainees can work outside these LGAs)
  • maximise opportunities for trainees to secure ongoing or fixed term employment in the community services industry at the end of their traineeships
  • ensure trainees undertake high-quality, nationally accredited, industry-relevant training
  • provide all trainees with flexible wraparound support to address barriers to engagement and participation in the workplace and the vocational education setting.

Would your organisation like to host a trainee? Download the Employer Information Flyer for more information.

The Community Traineeship Pilot Program is led by VCOSS with funding from Jobs Victoria, and in partnership with Youth Projects, Access Australia Group, TaskForce Community Agency, MAS Experience and the Future Social Service Institute.

Logos for VCOSS, Jobs Victoria, Youth Projects, Access Australia Group, TaskForce Community Agency, Mas Experience and Future Social Service Institute

More than fifteen new trainees have taken the first steps in their careers in the community services industry through the Unlimited Potential Community Traineeship Pilot Program funded by Jobs Victoria. This video is from the Program’s official launch event on 12 June 2019.