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When a child enters out-of-home care, it is likely that a court order placed an expiry date on that care, usually on a young person's 16th or 18th birthday. When a child turns 15, a case meeting will be held to develop a ‘leaving care plan’.

This plan will include ways in which the young person can be supported through after care services to deal with any issues that may arise after leaving care. This is designed to reduce the stress involved in leaving care and learning to live independently.

Read more about how a young person can start planning for their future and support they can get after leaving care.

Targeted opportunities with Service NSW for care leavers

Do you know a young person who has been, or is currently in out-of-care that is looking for employment and training? DCJ and Service Now have partnered to create a new Traineeship and Internship program for young care leavers.

This program offers care leavers, aged 16 and above, an amazing opportunity to receive paid and practical on the-job-experience at one of five key Service NSW Contact Centres in the state including Lithgow, Newcastle, Maitland, Gosford and Parramatta.

What is the traineeship program?

The traineeship program will engage young people in a full-time 12-month program. Young people will receive ongoing support and mentoring in their role as a Digital Service Representative Trainee or a Customer Concierge Operator Trainee, all while being paid and working towards a Certificate III in Business (Customer Engagement).

What is the internship program?

The internship program will engage young people in a full-time 3-6 month program. Young people will receive ongoing support and mentoring in their temporary role as a Digital Service Representative or Customer Concierge Operator – all while earning a salary.  Young people engaged in the program will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

For both the traineeship program and in the internship program, there is potential for ongoing employment upon completion of the program.

The pilot program is currently offering up to 20 traineeship opportunities, with further positions likely based on the number of successful candidates and available jobs.

To learn more about the program, please view the flyer.

Apply today

Apply today by completing the resume template and filling out the consent form for applicants under 18 years of age.

Applications close Monday, 9 May 2022.

More information

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Last updated: 05 May 2022