Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Package

The Victorian Apprenticeship Recovery Package (VARP) is funded by the Victorian Government and will follow the criteria of the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) and offers young people paid work experience in the Victorian Public Service or local government.

The program, which is managed by the AEN, will provide 300 young people aged 15 to 24 with an opportunity to work for a minimum of 12 months while completing and accredited traineeship or apprenticeship. The VARP aims to increase the participation of disadvantaged young people in the workforce, while assisting communities to meet future skill and employment needs.

This program is available to all Victorian state and local government departments and agencies. With the goal of having a wide spread of the 300+ jobs available across all regions of Victoria.

Training qualifications may include:

  • Business Administration and IT
  • Landscaping / Parks and Gardens
  • Automotive / Mechanic
  • Building Maintenance / Plumbing / Electrical / Carpentry
  • Child Care, Aged Care, Community services
  • Sport and Recreation

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How does VARP work?

The program:

  • offers 12-month entry-level traineeship positions in the VPS to eligible young people
  • provides accredited training through an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • assists young people with gaining paid work experience, qualifications and training that lead to sustainable employment.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for VARP, participants must be:

  • aged 15 to 24 years at the commencement of the traineeship
  • unemployed or not working more than 15 hours per week (young people do not have to be registered with a jobactive provider or be in receipt of assistance from Centrelink)
  • not currently undertaking tertiary education
  • without a post-school qualification (excluding Certificate level I – IV courses).

The program has a focus on addressing barriers to employment. Priority given to young people who:

  • have left school without completing Year 12, or in the case of Australian School Based Traineeships, are at risk of leaving school early
  • are from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • are at risk of homelessness
  • are young offenders
  • have a disability
  • live in social housing.

If you would like to participate in the program please complete the expression of interest form below.


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