Education, vocational and employment pathway options for young people with a disability

The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, through its partnership networks, is committed to supporting young people with a disability having access high quality educational, vocational, job skill and employment pathway options.

The National Disability Agreement (2009) represents the peak partnership agreement between the Australian state and territory governments. The ‘Agreement’ establishes the roles and responsibilities of each level of government to achieve agreed objectives and outcomes for people with a disability, their families and carers in a coherent and ‘joined up’ manner.

The Victorian response to the National Disability Agreement places a significant emphasis on the principle that every young person with a disability who is able to work should have an opportunity to participate in employment and should be actively supported to do so.  Both parents and teachers share a significant role in helping young people identify their future aspirations and work-readiness skills.

A range of resources and services are available to support the career development of young people with disabilities. These include universal career development resources and those specifically customised for young people with disabilities.

Resources for educators can be found at Strengthening Pathways Planning

Resources for parents can be found at Engaging Parents in Careers Conversations (EPICC)

Resources for students can be found at My Future

The Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network, in partnership with the National Disability Coordinator, bought together and supported planning discussions between career, disability, youth and employment coordinators to establish a ‘Pathways Options’ information workshop for parents and young people.  The result being the delivery of a ‘Transitioning from School’ workshop for students and their parents and carers to be held:

When:                 Wednesday 30th July 2014

Time:                  5:30-7:30pm

Location:           Woodend Neighbourhood House, 47 Forest Street, Woodend

The workshop will focus on options and supports that are available to students with a disability who are transitioning from school, featuring a structured presentation and time with stall holders who can answer specific questions for students, their parents, their support people and carers.

Open to students, parents, carers, educators, carers coordinators, integration aides, youth and disability workers and special education coordinators and all others interested.

Contact:                 Mark Cottee, National Disability Coordinators Officer, Northern Victoria

Email:                     [email protected]

Phone:                    02 6055 6309

PACTS Facilitator Training – Youth Connect

Youth Connect

Youth Connect is offering two opportunities to participate in a Government funded PACTS Facilitator Training program at Youth Connect in Moorabbin, Melbourne in February:

·         Full 2 day Facilitator Training on the 10th & 11th February 2014 (see flyer):limited places available.

Full Facilitator Training flyer Youth Connect Feb 2104

·         Refresher course: 1 Day Facilitator Training on February 13th February 2014 (see flyer)

Refresher Facilitator Training flyer Youth Connect Feb 2104

PACTS: Parents As Career Transition Support is a series of workshops including resources that assist parents to support their sons and daughters to explore career ideas as well as update them on the education and training pathways available to young people today. ‘Parents’ includes carers, foster parents, case workers, youth workers, community education facilitators, in fact anyone who has contact with young people and is in a position to support  them with their future direction.

PACTS Training Information Pack

We have a number of PACTS Facilitator Training sessions in the pipeline for regional Victoria and metro Melbourne. To register your interest to participate in PACTS Facilitator training at Youth Connect or to express interest in attending a training session in  your region please submit an application online here:

If you would like to discuss hosting PACTS Facilitator training in your region please contact Mary Licciardo directly.

Please forward this information to your colleagues or anyone who you think could benefit from this opportunity.

Mary Licciardo
PACTS Program Development Officer – VIC/TAS
Level 3, 1001 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, 3189
Phone (03) 8306 6300 | Fax (03) 8306 6301 | Direct  (03) 8306 6320
Mobile 0409 121 267 Email: [email protected]

Central Ranges Transition to Secondary School (T.O.P.S) Workshops


Building on the successful Parent Transition session held in Macedon  Ranges in 2012, three  sessions were delivered across the Central Ranges LLEN area in November 2013. Following meetings with local small primary school principals, sessions were organised in Pyalong, Lancefield and Tylden Primary Schools.

T.O.P.S stands for Transition, Organisation, Planning and Sharing which are the basic principles used by Trainers from Pelican Educational Services to assist parents in supporting their young person moving from Primary to Secondary School.

Funded through the Central Ranges LLEN, Kaye Bills and Glenda Fisher from Pelican Educational Services presented a relaxed workshop style approach to a small and committed group of parents at each school addressing  key issues and concerns of attendees.

Topics covered included;

  • How secondary school is different to primary school?

  • How to assist in organising your child?

  • Fostering and maintaining good relationships with the school?

  • Assisting with homework

Parents were given resources kits which outlined different approaches to help with project work, organising ideas, and planning tools. The feelings that parents face when their child leaves primary school and becomes more independant were also covered.

Parents fed back that the sessions had answered many of the questions raised, as a result they felt more confident with the transition process .  A number of parents felt that they would be better able to assist their young person by understanding different ways they could engage with their learning post the workshop.