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Youth Access Initiative

The Youth Access Initiative provides young people who have care and/or youth justice experience or who are residing in Education First Youth Foyers with access to vocational education and training opportunities through a tuition fee waiver.

Youth Access Initiative

Who can apply:

What is the Youth Access Initiative?

Young people on child protection orders, youth justice orders and residents of Victorian Education First Youth Foyers represent some of the most marginalised young people in our community, often presenting with complex needs and multiple barriers to entering into education and training.

Central to breaking the link between disadvantage and poor educational/training outcomes is ensuring that learners at risk of poor learning outcomes are supported to stay in education/training and reach their potential for better life opportunities.

The Youth Access Initiative addresses the key aspects of improving awareness of, access to and engagement with vocational education and training opportunities for these young people.

The Youth Access Initiative is part of the Skills First Funding which includes supports for disadvantaged learners to engage with and succeed in their education and training. The Youth Access Initiative contributes to this priority by further reducing the costs of subsidised training by providing a waiver on student tuition fees for eligible young people.

How to apply

  1. Check your eligibility by referring to the 'Who is eligible?' section below.
  2. Make contact with one of the Skills First training providers able to offer the Youth Access Initiative student tuition fee waiver to discuss your interests and options.
  3. Complete a Youth Access Initiative Referral Form.
Youth Access Initiative Referral Form
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You can also check if you qualify for other types of financial help for your training.

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