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Community Transition Support (CTS)
Welcome to the second edition of the Community Transition Support newsletter for 2015!

The 2015 year is moving fast into the second half! The CTS team and I would like to thank all stakeholders in the region for the support and hard work received to date. The CTS team are working with and alongside the 22 specialist schools in the North West Melbourne Region on existing initiatives to support the development of positive and collaborative partnerships.
Earlier this year CTS embarked on the 2015 Data Collection Project.  Thank you to the specialist schools who have participated. The aim of the project is to collate post school destination data about students who have exited a specialist school across our region in 2014. The project report will include data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, as well as a Literature Review identifying good practice models for the transition of young people with a disability.
CTS would also like to welcome Alison Templar who will be undertaking some project work with the team over the next 5 months.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of the CTS team members. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Meri Ivanovska
CTS Manager
Inner Northern LLEN

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The Community Transition Support Website is now live!

The new Community Transition Support (CTS) website provides information about the range of initiatives being delivered in the North West Melbourne region including careers information, case studies about local school and community partnerships, school to post school transition stories and access to the NW CTS 2015 Resource Guide and other initiative information.

An official launch will be held on Wednesday 22 July at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows. If you would like to attend the event please get in touch with one of the CTS team members.

We encourage you to have a look at the new website here and welcome any feedback.


CTS Career Connections - Talent Community Portal

The CTS Career Connections Talent Community Portal is online and ready for you to explore  Some of the features of the portal include:

  • information and local news stories about career journeys
  • an Air CV function to upload a resume
  • a range of entry level jobs vacancies
  • links to useful information about career development
A free professional development opportunity is being held about how to use the Talent Community as a tool to support student skill development and as part of the school curriculum. It will be held in the morning of Wednesday 22 July at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows following the CTS Website launch. If you would like to register and become a member of Career Connections you can click here.

Employment Conference

The Croxton School Action Team met in Term 2. A draft Action Plan for the year ahead is being developed to strengthen and progress the partnership model for the school community. A full day "Career Tour" was held on 5 June 2015 at Darebin City Council for Croxton School students and staff as a result of the work being undertaken in the project. Twenty students and five staff members from the school attended on the day. A range of presentations related to job roles, responsibilities, career journeys and visits to local council sites were included. To find out more click here. 

Employment Conference

The Jackson School Community Partnership Project has continued beyond the one year pilot period into 2015. The Action Team met in Term 2 to discuss the key objective areas for the project moving forward. New member representatives have been invited to join the school community partnership project. The Action Team decided they will continue to work together and progress the key objectives which include: Improving post-school transitions into further education, training and employment and parental and family engagement. Click here to find out more.

Employment Conference

Ticket to Work Northern Melborne  Pilot Project

The Ticket to Work (TTW) North Pilot Program will mark its first year anniversary next month! The program has also been celebrating School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) sign ups, as well as work placement trials leading to SBATs for each of the student candidates. Two students have started SBATs in the hospitality and horticulture areas and are being supported by Working Party members and employers to ensure it is a positive and meaningful experience. To read more click here.


The SSTN members met in May at the CERES Environmental Park in Brunswick East. This provided members with the opportunity to tour the site and hear from staff about the range of services which students from specialist schools can participate in during school, as well as post school. The SSTN will make arrangements to meet at other local community service sites to explore the diversity of options available across the North West Melbourne region. The CTS team has developed a North West CTS 2015 Resource Guide which was distributed to members at the last SSTN meeting. To find out more click here.

School Community Partnerships

A â€œMeet & Greet the Students” Morning Tea on Tuesday 19 May 2015 was held at Warringa Park School in Café 11, at the Hoppers Crossing school campus.  The morning tea was well attended by industry representatives including the Mayor Cr. Peter Maynard from Wyndham City Council, as well as Action Team members. A range of speakers presented at the event including:

  • Warringa Park staff
  • Action Team members and 
  • Warringa Park School ex-students  and current students. Read more here.


Employment Conference

Concord School Community Partnership Pilot Project

The Concord School Community Partnership Pilot Project has met three times since the beginning of the year. The Action Team is comprised of school and community service organisations who are keen to work together and explore how they can improve post school pathways into further education, training and employment and parental and family engagement for the school. The Action Team has ratified the Terms of Reference and is developing an Action Plan that will inform the work of the group for the next year. To read more click here.

Hume Valley School Community Partnership Pilot Project

The Hume Valley School Community Partnership Pilot Project has commenced this year with a well attended first Action Team meeting in May. The Action Team is comprised of the Hume Valley School Principal, Assistant Principal and three members of staff from the Careers Leadership Team. Community members include representatives from Hume City Council, Broadmeadows Bunnings, RMIT, Wesley Employment Services, Banksia Gardens Community Centre and Hume Whittlesea LLEN. Discussions have begun about the key objectives for the project and will be continued at the next meeting in Term 3.


Ticket to Work West

The Ticket to Work (TTW) West initiative is more than half way into the pilot process roll out! All ten student candidates that applied to participate in the program have been accepted. The Working Party of 20 members have been meeting to explore and discuss opportunities for School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeships (SBATs) and/or work experience placements for the student candidates. Jason is a student participant who recently started a work placement as part of the program. To find out more click here.


Get in touch with us!

The CTS team includes 3 Partnership Brokers. They are working across the North West Melbourne region and have allocated areas as follows:


CTS Team Members

Covering the following areas

LGA's include:

Meri Ivanovska
Phone: 03 9384 0226

Capital city LLEN
Inner Northern LLEN
Maribyrnong Moonee Valley LLEN

Moonee Valley

Silvana De Pretto
Partnership Broker
Phone: 03 9384 0226

Capital city LLEN

Hobsons Bay

Molly Haglund
Partnership Broker
Phone: 03 9384 0226

Banyule Nillumbik LLEN
Brimbank Melton LLEN


Meet the CTS Team - Meri, Silvana & Molly

CTS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

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