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          ACT Government
           Commitment to
           Young People
            2004 - 2008



Contact Details

Office for Children, Youth and Family Support
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2901

Phone: 6207 1057
Fax: 6207 2048
Email: youthservices@act.gov.au
                              ACT Government Commitment to Young People



                        ACT Government Policy Context

                                        Canberra Plan
The Canberra Plan is an overarching document that sets out a vision and strategy that reflects
      the views and values of Canberrans and responds to the challenges before us.




                   Building our Community - Canberra Social Plan
        The Social Plan establishes seven social priorities that will guide decision making over
             the next 10-15 years with core social justice principles of access, equity and
        participation. A key goal of the Social Plan is investing in children and young people.




                       ACT Young People’s Plan 2004-2008

   Strengthening Opportunities for All Young People in the ACT

   The ACT Young People’s Plan provides a whole of government policy framework for all
                   young people in the ACT based on four directions:
              PARTICIPATION      ACCESS       TRANSITIONS        SUPPORT




    Blueprint for Young People at Risk                  ACT Government Commitment to
                                                                Young People
                  2004-2008
                                                                  2004-2008
 The Blueprint targets young people
  at risk aged 12-25 by:                              The Commitment specifies key actions in
                                                      relation to young people’s completion of
    -     Enhancing support;
                                                            schooling and the provision of
    -     Providing enhanced coordinated
          assistance; and                              appropriate and effective training both
                                                                  on and off the job.
    -     Strengthening age specific
          support.



                          Annual Action Plan for Young People
    The Action Plan sets out actions and associated milestones to be carried out by
      government each financial year. Actions Plans will be developed through
    community and stakeholder consultations each financial year and will relate to
                              the whole policy framework.



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Background
The ACT has the highest year 12 retention rates, the highest population with post-
school qualifications and the greatest percentage of young people attending
university in the country.

Whilst this is the case, it is important education provides opportunities for every young
person to develop intellectually, emotionally and physically as part of their
preparation for effective citizenship.

Of the 4,000 school leavers in the ACT each year, about 3,000 proceed directly to
higher education or vocational education and training, and a further 700 take up
part or full-time employment. About 300 neither take-up a job nor continue their
studies.

It has been demonstrated that early school leavers are far more likely than their
peers to experience prolonged periods of unemployment, and without early and
effective intervention, this can lead to social isolation, poor health, substance abuse
and crime.

We must therefore ensure every young Canberran receives the best education,
regardless of their economic and social circumstances.

ACT Government
The ACT Government is working to maximise effective opportunities and life choices
for all young people. Priority Five of Building our Community, The Canberra Social
Plan – Lead Australia in Education, Lifelong Learning and Training outlines a range of
goals including:
- increase education, participation, engagement and achievement of children
    and young people
- increase literacy and numeracy levels, particularly for students at risk
- improve the transition between school, further study and the workforce
- provide opportunities for lifelong learning.

The Canberra Social Plan also sets a target to increase from 77% to 95% the
proportion of 19 year olds with a Year 12 Certificate or equivalent by 2013.

The ACT Government Commitment to Young People forms part of the ACT Young
People’s Plan. The Commitment shares with the Young People’s Plan, Blueprint for
Young People at Risk and Action Plan, a common vision:

             Strengthening Opportunities for All Young People in the ACT




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Australian Government
The Australian Government is responsible for a wide range of services and policies
that support young people through transitions including income support. These
initiatives are predominately located within the Department of Education, Science
and Training and the Department of Family and Community Services and include:
Leaders in Careers Forum; www.myfuture.edu.au; Australian Blueprint for Career
Development; Job Guide; Job Pathways Program; Mentor Market Place; and Job
Juice.

Stepping Forward: Improving pathways for all young people
A declaration signed by Australian and State and Territory Ministers nationally outlines
a vision whereby ‘Young people’s lives are enriched by positive learning experiences
and opportunities that assist them to reach their full potential’. Ministers committed
to developing practical ways to increase the social, educational and employment
outcomes of Australia’s young people including those who are at risk, disconnected
or in vulnerable circumstances.

Dusseldorp Skills Forum
The Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF) has undertaken work and developed a range of
resources towards its proposal for a National Youth Commitment. The basic
principles of a Youth Commitment outlined by DSF are that: all young people should
have the opportunity to complete 12 years of schooling or its vocational equivalent;
and all young people who have left full time education and want to participate in
the workforce are able to do so.

The work of DSF has been invaluable to the development of the ACT Government
Commitment to Young People and is acknowledged accordingly.




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The Commitment
The ACT Government is committed to all young people in the ACT having the
opportunity to:
  Complete 13 years of schooling or appropriate vocational education and
   training; and/or
  Receive appropriate training to assist them to work safely and competently on
   the job.

The Commitment will contribute towards meeting the Canberra Social Plan target of
an increase from 77% to 95% the proportion of 19 year olds with a Year 12 Certificate
or equivalent by 2013.

The target groups for the ACT Government Commitment to Young People are:
 - Young people who are at risk of leaving school early; and
 - Young people who have left school early.

The ACT Government aims to improve outcomes for young people in the community
through early identification and support for those who are at risk of leaving school
early and by rebuilding pathways to education and training for those who have
already left school.

The objectives of the ACT Government Commitment to Young People are:

Objective One
To provide assistance and support to young people who are at risk of leaving school
early to:
   Continue to work towards the completion of year 12; or
   Undertake school based vocational education and training.

Objective Two
To provide assistance to young people who have left school early to either:
   Return to school or a registered training organisation to complete year 12;
   Obtain a vocational education and training qualification; or
   Obtain a full time job in which appropriate education and training is provided.

Monitoring and Implementation
The ACT Government Commitment to Young People will be implemented by a
Commitment Taskforce comprising representatives from: Department of Education
and Training (Training and Adult Education, Education Policy and Planning, Student
Support Services); Business ACT; Policy Group, Chief Minister’s Department; and the
Office for Children, Youth and Family Support.

The Taskforce will identify benchmarks and milestones and monitor implementation
of the commitment.




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Objective One
To provide assistance and support to young people who are at risk of leaving
school early to:
  Continue to work towards the completion of year 12; or
  Undertake school based vocational education and training.

Actions
   Enhance mentoring opportunities available to young people at risk of leaving
    school early in the ACT through pursuing the ACT Government’s involvement in
    national mentoring activities and strategies.

   Continue to develop and implement the Student Pathways Initiative through
    Student Pathways Planning which seeks to develop students who:
    - Demonstrate their potential through a pathways plan to assist in future
       choices and options
    - Use research, reflection and planning skills to increase confidence when
       making appropriate choices and reviewing personal goals
    - Recognise the importance of lifelong learning when adapting to new
       technologies and contemporary work environments
    - Are optimistic, resilient and connected to significant adults in their lives and
       through them to the wider community.

   Sustain funding for the Youth Workers in High Schools Program and other support
    mechanisms for young people who are at risk of leaving school early such as
    Youth Connection, Adolescent Day Unit, government run alternative education
    settings and community based alternative education programs.

   The ACT Government will improve learning outcomes for students with a
    disability, and improve coordination between Australian Government and
    Territory services assisting school leavers with a disability through the services of a
    Disability Coordination Officer (DCO).

    This position is jointly funded by the Australian Government Department of
    Education Science and Training and the ACT Department of Education and
    Training, Training and Adult Education Branch and hosted by the Canberra
    Institute of Technology.

   Encourage high schools to access vocational courses for students to undertake
    competency-based training with registered providers.

   Continue the implementation of BISEP (Building Industry Skills Enhancement
    Program) and GRAPES (Ginninderra Relevant Apprenticeship Pre-Employment
    through Education Skills)

    These programs are both fully structured twelve-week Certificate I programs in
    the Building and Construction Industry.

    BISEP involves Lanyon, Calwell, Kambah, Wanniassa and Caroline Chisholm High
    Schools and GRAPES involves Ginninderra District and Melba High Schools. 12
    year 10 students who are at risk of not completing Year 10 are involved in each
    program.


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   The ACT Government will develop, in conjunction with peak industry bodies, a
    new program to build the links between schools and industries, providing senior
    secondary students with opportunities to work on industry sponsored projects in
    the workplace.

   Establish and continue development of a new Career Transition Section to assist
    students from government and non-government schools with school-to-work
    transitions.

   Continue to support and implement the High School Development Program
    which provides a high school resource team focussed on assisting high schools to
    plan educational programs, develop engaging relevant and inclusive curricula
    and create structures that support and respond to the emerging needs of young
    people and their communities.

   Continue to fund the Volunteering ACT SPICE program, a volunteer work
    placement program that aims to help students who are at risk, find opportunities
    to gain real world experiences in a work place environment and to remain
    motivated and positive about their school and life.

   Continue to provide School Based New Apprenticeships where trainees
    undertake their New Apprenticeships during Years 11 and 12 as part of their
    course of studies. The New Apprenticeships training can be provided in a variety
    of ways and will depend on each pilot program but can include: regularly one
    day a week (the school timetable is adapted to suit this arrangement); periods
    outside school hours eg weekends and evenings; a block of training including
    some school time plus school holidays; or, a combination of the above.

    The formal training program is undertaken at: the school as the Registered
    Training Organisation (RTO); an external Registered Training Organisation; or, a
    combination of both (with only one RTO being responsible for the final
    certificate).

   Advance the Within Reach of Us All – Services to Indigenous People Action Plan
    2002-2004 which outlines the following outcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islander young people:
     - Young People complete school education to year 12 with pathways to
        employment, further education and training at the level of the total
        population.
    This outcome will be implemented through the following actions:
    - Increase the number of Indigenous students who meet the requirements for a
       Year 10 Certificate and a Year 12 Certificate
    - Support improved attendance of students at school through individual plans
       and attendance monitoring
    - Provide a range of vocational education and training programs to increase
       the numbers of students completing Year 12
    - Maintain appropriate mainstream and suitable alternative education options
       for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
    - Identify teachers’ learning needs and provide appropriate training in
       curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to meet the diverse needs of students
    - Review system education policies to ensure cultural appropriateness.


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Objective Two
To provide assistance to young people who have left school early to either:
  Return to school or a registered training organisation to complete year 12;
  Obtain a vocational education and training qualification; or
  Obtain a full time job in which appropriate education and training is
   provided.

Actions
   Implement a Training Pathways Guarantee, whereby young people not
    undertaking post-school study or training will be guaranteed access to one
    year’s post-school training in a relevant vocational education and training
    course. The program will link with the Student Pathways program to ensure that
    at-risk students receive counselling and advice on tier post-school options while
    still at school. The training provided must meet ACT skill-needs priorities, and in
    most cases will lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Pre-vocational
    training and additional support will be available for those with special training
    needs.

   Enhance mentoring opportunities available to young people who have left
    school early in the ACT through pursuing the ACT Government’s involvement in
    National Mentoring activities and strategies.

   Implement Youth at Risk Skills Development Program (YARDS), a CIT facilitated
    transition management program. YARDS is designed to provide marginalised
    young people with individual support as they prepare for, and enter, vocational
    or educational placements. Entry to the program may form part of a young
    person's exit plan from youth justice or adult corrections, from services working
    with long-term unemployed or from agencies and workers assisting those at risk of
    not completing Year 10. In addition to educational, social and emotional
    support from Youth Transition Workers and teachers, participants will receive
    physical support in the form of transport and nutrition. The program is designed
    to progress through the following stages: recruitment/referral; assessment and
    selection; participation in a program of life skills, confidence and resilience
    building and addressing learning gaps; and vocational or educational
    placement, outcome or further referral, coupled with post-program support.

   The ACT Government will introduce the ‘Skills Development for Young Adults at
    Risk’ initiative that will focus on well-being, skills and training and employment to
    assist young people.

    A small proportion of young adults aged 18-25 years need assistance to achieve
    productive futures. These at risk young people may suffer homelessness, mental
    illness, intellectual disability and drug and alcohol dependency and may have
    entered the criminal justice system. While there is a broad range of ACT
    Government funded programs for these young people, there is limited access to
    individualised, multi-disciplinary support that focuses on skills development.




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   Encourage young people to become entrepreneurs through the Creating Youth
    Business Initiatives (CYBI) Program. The CYBI program provides access to grant
    and/or loan funding and one-to-one business mentoring to eligible applicants
    intending to develop their business venture. This program is delivered in
    conjunction with the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme. CYBI is a non-profit
    organisation of volunteers from business, private, public and community sector in
    association with the ACT Government, Foundation for Young Australians and the
    Canberra Business Advisory Service.

   Increase funding for New Apprenticeships under User Choice to provide more
    training and employment for young people.

    A key feature of New Apprenticeships under User Choice is more flexibility for the
    users of the training system - employers and New Apprentices. User Choice is a
    model for achieving client-responsive training and:
    - Allows employers in consultation with their New Apprentices to exercise direct
       control over their training delivery options;
    - Means that businesses and New Apprentices can select their own RTO and
       negotiate how, where and when the training and assessment is to occur;
    - Provides choice in the arrangements for training delivery for each workplace;
       and,
    - Means businesses can negotiate the selection, content and sequencing of
       units of competence.




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References for ACT Government Commitment to Young People

Australian Government, Department of Education, Science and Training website
www.dest.gov.au
Australian Government, Department of Family and Community Services website,
www.facs.gov.au
Australian Labor Party website www.alp.org.au
Department of Education, Youth and Family Services (2002) ACT Government
Schools Student Support Action Plan 2002-2004, Within Reach of Us All, Australian
Capital Territory Government, Canberra
Department of Education, Youth and Family Services (2002) ACT Government
Schools Services to Indigenous People Action Plan 2002-2004, Within Reach of Us All,
Australian Capital Territory Government, Canberra
Department of Education, Youth and Family Services (2004) Student Pathways
Planning Framework for ACT Government Secondary Schools, Australian Capital
Territory Government, Canberra
Dusseldorp Skills Forum (1999) Why Australia Needs a National Youth Commitment
www.dsf.org.au
Dusseldorp Skills Forum (2002) Honouring Our Commitment: A policy paper about
realising Australia’s Commitment to Young People www.dsf.org.au
Dusseldorp Skills Forum (2002) Realising Australia’s Commitment to Young People:
Scope, Benefits, Cost, Evaluation and Implementation www.dsf.org.au
Dusseldorp Skills Forum, National Youth Commitment Resource Kit www.dsf.org.au
Hartley, Robyn (2004) Prepared for: Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia, Dusseldorp Skills
Forum, The Smith Family (2004) Young People and Mentoring: towards a national
strategy, www.dsf.org.au
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (2002)
Stepping Forward: improving pathways for all young people
www.curriculum.edu.au/mceetya/stepping/recommendations/about.htm




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