CTS Newsletter 1/2016
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Welcome to the first edition of the CTS Newsletter for 2016

Welcome to the first newsletter for 2016. 
I am pleased to announce that CTS are now a team of 3 staff that are excited and energised to be working with the range of stakeholders across the North West Metropolitan region of Melbourne! I would like to welcome Andrew Smith as the Ticket to Work Partnership Broker for CTS. Andrew brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team from previous roles including the Regional Career Development Officer with Department of Education and Training.
CTS are developing the Northern and Western Ticket to Work projects to increase the number of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships for students with a disability from specialist schools across the region. The development of a North West Regional Strategy on Information is also underway. A date for the launch of this strategy to bring stakeholders together in May is being arranged. CTS are also working on the 2016 Data Collection Project which is the second round of data collection about post school destinations for students exiting specialist schools in the North West Melbourne region.
To read more about the CTS initiatives I encourage you to take a few minutes and read about these below! 


Meri Ivanovska
CTS Manager

2016 Data Collection Report

CTS have embarked on a second round of data collection about the post school destinations for young people with a disability from a specialist school.
This is a follow on from the project developed last year which you can read more about here.

2015 CTS Evaluation Report

In 2015 Peter Kellock, Consultant of the Asquith Group was engaged to undertake an evaluation of the Community Transition Support Initiative.  The Evaluation Report is available to download on the CTS Website, here.
NW Regional Strategy on Information
In 2015 a working party began meeting to discuss the development of the North West Regional Strategy on Information.  The strategy will include the development of a coordinated approach by cross sector services that will aim to support and resource young people with a disability and their families with access to information about careers, employment, further study and community participation. 
An event to launch the strategy will be held in May. More information will be forwarded shortly.
To learn more about the NW Regional Strategy on Information, click here.
Specialist Schools Transition Network
The Specialist Schools Transition Network meet once each school term.  Meetings this year will be for the full day and have a stronger professional learning component.
The first meeting for 2016 was held in February in Broadmeadows.  The professional learning focus for this meeting was Labour Market Information and the development of transition and career action plans.  A video featuring employer IGA in Woodville that works with a local specialist school was shared. Click here to see this video.
To learn more about the SSTN, click here.

School Community Partnership Pilot Programs

CTS has successfully facilitated and supported the development of five School Community Partnership Pilot Projects across the region. Three of the schools have completed the pilot phase of the project with two schools in the last phases of the project. To read more about the projects, click here

Ticket to Work

Western Ticket to Work
The Western Ticket to Work Project completed the first year pilot period in March this year! The Working Party have decided to continue with the project into a second year following a review of the project. Three students have successfully started are now undertaking  School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships  in different industry areas! To learn more about Western Ticket to Work, click here.

Northern Ticket to Work
The Northern Ticket to Work Working Party have reconvened for the year to work collaboratively on supporting fifteen new student applications. All the students have undertaken an interview as part of the application process. The working party are now coming together to seek and support student work placement and School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities. To learn more about Northern Ticket to Work, click here.

Keep up to date online

Have you checked our website?
The Community Transition Support (CTS) Website provides information about the range of initiatives being delivered in the North West Melbourne region. These include:
  • local school and community partnerships
  • school to post school transition case studies
  • the Specialist Schools Transition Network
  • careers information
  • access to the  2015 North West Community Transition Support Resource Guide.

To check out our website click here.



CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal
CTS has developed a career development unit using the CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal for specialist schools to pilot as part of their in class career sessions. The portal can be used as a tool to support student skill development. Other stakeholders can engage with the portal through features of the portal including::
  • a Twitter feed (@cts_careers)
  • an Air CV function to learn how to develop an eye catching resume
  • a range of real entry level jobs vacancies
  • links to useful information about career development
To register and become a member of Career Connections  click here.

Contact us

CTS Team Members can be contacted as follows:

Meri Ivanovska
Phone: 0409 547 034

Alison Templar
Project Coordinator
Phone: 0431 165 664

Andrew Smith
Ticket to Work Partnership Broker
Phone: 0402 650 979  

420 Victoria Street Brunswick
VIC 3056

Postal Address:
PO BOX 298
VIC 3056

Fax: 9940 1454


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