CTS Newsletter 1/2016
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Welcome to the second CTS newsletter for 2016

This year is moving along at a very rapid rate, I would like to thank all of the specialist schools, community services, further education and training providers, local government agencies and industry stakeholders for your support so far.
CTS Funding 2016 - 2018
The Community Transition Support program has been funded for a further 2 years (2016-2018). The North West CTS Management Committee will be meeting in late July to plan and develop the strategic plan for the next two years of the program. In the meantime, CTS are working on all the existing initiatives and partnerships to further enhance and develop opportunities for young people with disabilities from specialists schools to participate in employment, further education and training and community participation.
NW CTS initiatives
CTS has worked with partners on the development of a Ticket to Work Video and the NW Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information for Young People with a Disability. CTS will continue to build on the work of these initiatives along with many others across the North West region which you can read more about below. 

On behalf of the CTS team, we look forward to working with you in the second half of 2016.

Good wishes,
Meri Ivanovska
Manager – Community Transition Support
North West Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information for Young People with a Disability

On Wednesday 1st June, the North West Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information for Young People with a Disability was launched.

The CTS team alongside the NW Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information Working Party hosted a morning tea event at the Visy Cares Hub in Brimbank. The development of the strategy aims to develop a coordinated approach across the North West Melbourne region to provide accessible information for young people with a disability and their families and carers. The vision of the strategy is that young people with disabilities and their families and carers, will have consistent and convenient access to information in order to make informed decisions that enable them to participate in their communities fully. Click here to read more about the strategy.
Ticket to Work

CTS has worked with partners involved in the Northern and Western Ticket to Work (TTW) projects to develop a short video on the the model.

The Ticket to Work short video was launched in May 2016 and provides a good case example of what students with disabilities can achieve. The video provides 6 perspectives from a range of representatives across the Northern and Western region of Melbourne. To view the video click here.

Northern and Western Ticket to Work Projects
Both projects in the North and West Melbourne area will continue into their second year. The Working Party members come together regularly to share expertise and develop opportunities for student candidates in the project. To find out more click here.
CTS Career Connections

The CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal is a valuable online tool for schools to use in their Career Develolpment programs.  It provides users with access to a range of genuine job vacancies, AirCV (an online tool for developing a resume) and links to a range of other career resources.  It also allows users to stay up to date with current information through its noticeboard and Twitter.

CTS has worked with Croxton School on a series of lessons about the portal, and these were delivered to their Year 10 PreCAL class.  Students were able to find information about job vacancies, identify their interests, skills and values in relation to work, and develop their resumes.  For more information, click here.

School Community Partnership Pilot Projects

CTS has supported the development of 5 pilot projects across the North West Melbourne region. The aim of these projects is to develop a whole of school and community approach toward developing strategies for the school and community to do things differently. 4 of the 5 pilot projects have completed their first year. Hume Valley School in Broadmeadows are currently in the final phase of the project. Most recently Sunshine Special Developmental School has undertaken the process to begin the project for their school. To find out more about the pilot projects click here.

NW Specialist School Transition Network (SSTN)

The SSTN members came together on Wednesday 4 May for Term 2. The meeting was held at RecWest in Footscray, a community based agency that provides a range of post school and leisure based services to local residents. The focus of this meeting started in the morning with a presentation by the Department of Education and Training on Structured Work Placements, Work Experience and Volunteering. In the afternoon, there was a panel discussion with post school service organisations about effective transitions for young people with a disability beyond school. To find out more click here.

2016 Data Collection Project

CTS has collated the 2015 post school destination data on students exiting specialist schools across the North West region of Melbourne. This data includes indigenous and CALD students. One of the key objectives of the project is to create a benchmark for the region and an opportunity for longitudinal data collection. A report with the data collection information is currently being developed which will be made available once it is finalised.

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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