CTS thanks all our stakeholders for their support in 2015.  We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2016.
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North West Community Transition Support
Newsletter 4 2015

Welcome to our final newsletter for 2015

I would like to begin by thanking the 22 specialist schools and all the community services, further education and training providers and industry across the region for your support throughout 2015.

This year we collated 2015 data about the post school destinations of students across the region. A forum held in October brought together ninety representatives to hear about the findings, workshop how the data can be used to drive improvement and to network with each other.

CTS will be continuing to work across the North West Melbourne region in 2016. Many of the current initiatives and projects will continue including the brokering of local school-community-industry partnerships. CTS ooks forward to working with you to continue improving post school outcomes for young people with disabilities.

I would also like to thank the CTS Team for their hard work and commitment this year. It is with sadness to announce that both Silvana De Pretto, Partnership Broker and Molly Haglund, Partnership Broker will be leaving the team at the end of this year. I would like to thank Silvana and Molly for their valued work and the partnership opportunities they have developed across the North West Melbourne Region. I wish both Silvana and Molly well in all their future endeavours.

In the meantime, I encourage you to read about the developments in the last quarter of this year. CTS look forward to working with you in 2016 and wish you all a safe and happy festive season and happy new year period!

Kinds regards,


2015 Data Collection Report and 2015 CTS Forum: Inspiring Real Futures

2015 CTS Data Collection Project 
North West Melbourne Specialist Schools

In early 2015 CTS engaged with specialist schools across the North West Melbourne region about the opportunity to collate post school destination data. Two consultants were brought in to undertake this project who communicated with the school principals and the career and transition teachers to collect student destinations and other data. The aim was to identify post school destination information including data on indigenous and CALD students from across the region. A final report including a Literature Review identifying good practice models for the transition of young people with a disability locally and internationally was completed. To read more, click here.
2015 CTS Forum - Inspiring Real Futures
The 2015 CTS Forum was held on October 27 at the Treacy Centre in Parkville.  71 people participated in the Forum, at which the 2015 Data Collection Project Report was launched.  
The day also featured presentations from Yarraville SDS and the Jackson School, two video presentations about a successful Ticket to Work placement at Direct Plants and six different workshops covering topics ranging from Ticket to Work, Darebin Council's Career Industry Tour, the Northern School for Autism's TEACCH program and its partnership with Peter Lalor Vocational College, and engaging with families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

To learn more about the Forum, click here.

Specialist Schools Transition Network

The SSTN came together for the fourth and final time for this year on October 21 at Glenroy Specialist School. Sunshine SDS presented about their involvement with Ticket to Work and discussions ensued about the meetings for 2016.  To learn more about the SSTN, click here.

Case Studies


The NW CTS initiative have developed a range of Case Studies to show case local school-community-industry partnerships, school – post school transition experiences from young people with disability and a parent perspective. To view these you can find out more here.

School Community Partnership Pilot Projects

The CTS team have supported the development of 5 School Community Partnership Projects across the North West Melbourne Region. Three of them have completed the pilot phase with another two in the final phases of the projects due for pilot completion in 2016.

Concord School
The Concord School Community Partnership Pilot Project focused this term on the second objective of the project - Parent & Family Engagement. CTS conducted focus group  consultations with parent, teacher, and student groups. A report was compiled and findings were presented at the last Action Team meeting on November 25. These findings, along with the School Assessment Tool, will contribute to a Parent Engagement Strategy for the school. Concord School and the Action Team will continue the last phase of the project in early 2016! To read more about this project, click here.

Hume Valley
The Hume Valley School Community Partnership Pilot Project is being chaired and facilitated by the school Principal. The project has the continued support of a committed Action Team that are working toward the aim and objectives of the project.  Some recent developments include a collaboration with the local Bunnings store to run a monthly community BBQ and working with Hume City Council to enhance the opportunity for a relationship to develop. A Parent Engagement Strategy for the school is the next focus for this pilot project with school consultations to take place in the new year. To learn more, click here.

Warringa Park
The Warringa Park School Community Partnership Pilot Project completed the pilot phase of the project this term. The Action Team completed the pilot process by coming together to undertake the Review Phase of the project this term. A number of successful outcomes were highlighted through including the development of an interview process for students at the school with support from Wyndham City Council and the Action Team. The Warringa Park School Morning Tea was another success highlighted by the Action Team. The school will be continuing to develop the Action Team model into 2016.  To learn more about this project, click here.

Ticket to Work

Western Ticket to Work
The Western Ticket to Work Pilot Project has been operating for just on one year! The Working Party has began the review phase of the model and will be completing the formal evaluation in the new term. The first official School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBATs) in the West commenced this term! A Jackson School student begun his SBAT with Alan Mance Holden in Footscray this October. As a trainee, the students work with Alan Mance Holden will contribute toward his completion of a Certificate II in Light Vehicle through Kangan Institute. To learn more about Western Ticket to Work, click here.

Northern Ticket to Work
The Northern Ticket to Work Project completed the pilot phase of the model half way through 2015. The Working Party along with new members have come together to discuss how they can collaborate and progress the model into the second year. A Parent Information Session hosted by Wesley Employment Services provided an opportunity for specialist schools in the North to attend with student candidates and their parents or families to hear about the TTW model for 2016. To learn more about the Northern Ticket to Work Project, click here.

Keep up to date with CTS online

Have you checked our website?
The CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal is a valuable classroom tool. Some of the features of the portal include:
  • 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
  • a Twitter feed (@cts_careers)
To register and become a member of Career Connections  click here

Career Connections - are you a member?
The CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal is a valuable classroom tool. Some of the features of the portal include:
  • 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 has moved to a new location.  Our new contact details are

420 Victoria Street Brunswick
VIC 3056

Postal Address:
PO BOX 298
VIC 3056

Fax: 9940 1454

CTS Team Members can be contacted as follows:

Meri Ivanovska
Phone:0409 547 034

  Alison Templar
Project Coordinator
Phone 0431 165 664 


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