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

The start to 2015 has been a positive and productive one for the CTS initiative! Many of the local initiatives are developing successfully across the North West metropolitan region of Melbourne. The first Specialist School Transition Network meeting was held in February to provide an opportunity for the sharing of good practice including the opportunity for specialist school staff to connect with other teachers and network as a prelude to the year ahead.

Five specialist schools from the North West Melbourne region will be embarking on/or  further continuing to work alongside community service organisations and industry as part of the School Community Partnership Pilot Projects. The CTS team will be sharing the learnings from these pilot projects with all specialist schools across the region throughout the year.

The North and West Ticket to Work initiatives have been developing successfully with committed and enthusiastic Working Party members supporting the strategic intent of the work across the region. The first School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship sign-up in March 2015 has just been celebrated!

This year the CTS team will continue to support the creation and development of relationships and local connections with the 22 specialist schools, community, and industry sectors across the North and West of Melbourne. The aim of CTS is to improve post-school pathways for young people with disabilities into further training, education, employment and community participation. To read more about the range of initiatives please click here.

If you would like to get involved in the range of initiatives and partnerships, please make contact with one of the CTS team members. 

Meri Ivanovska
CTS Manager
Inner Northern LLEN

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CTS Career Connections - Talent Community Online Portal

The CTS Career Connections Talent Community Online Portal is now live! The talent community will provide a professional development opportunity for the 22 specialist schools across the North West Melbourne region to support in-class career development skills with students. The talent community will also include links and information about career development options, local news, events, and access to local entry-level job opportunities. To become a member click here.

Employment Conference

The Croxton School Community Partnership Pilot Project will be continuing beyond the one year commitment phase. The Action Team will meet in Term 2 to strengthen and progress the partnership model for the school community. On the 24 March 2015 Croxton School held its second Careers Expo which is a result of the work undertaken as part of the pilot project. To find out more click here.

Employment Conference

The Jackson School Community Partnership Pilot Project completed its first year at the conclusion of 2014. The school has decided that they will continue the project into 2015. The focus will remain on the key objective areas identified at the pilot’s beginnings. The Action Team will work together to progress the recommendations resulting from the consultations conducted by CTS across the school community. Joan O’Conner-Cox, Jackson School Principal and the Jackson team of staff plan to maintain and strengthen the partnerships established with community members as a result of the pilot project. Find out more

Employment Conference

Ticket to Work North

The North Ticket to Work Pilot Program has successfully commenced its first School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) sign-up! Congratulations to the Year 12 student from Croxton School who is now employed by Heading Out Academy in Fitzroy. The student will work in the Salon each Wednesday and undertake Cert III training at their RTO every Thursday. The Northern Ticket to Work Working Party has increased in membership and is working collaboratively to source SBAT opportunities for all the student candidates. To read more click here.


The North West Specialist School Transition Network (SSTN) will meet 4 times in 2015. The first meeting, held on 18 February 2015, provided an opportunity for members to share good practice processes and resources amongst the group to assist with transition planning for the coming year. A Planning Committee of 5 members will continue to support the development of a self-directed and managed professional learning network for the year. To read more about the network click here.

School Community Partnerships

The Warringa Park School Action Team has been working toward creating opportunities for students to engage with industry. This has been highlighted as one of the key priority areas for the school to work on. 

As a result, the Action Team is planning a “Meet & Greet the Students” Morning Tea to be held in May in the school's Café 11 at the main campus in Hoppers Crossing.  The Mayor Cr. Peter Maynard from Wyndham City Council, local employers, and business will be invited to attend and learn about student aspirations and positive transition stories. To read more click here.

Employment Conference

Concord School Community Partnership Pilot Project

Concord School has embarked upon a School Community Partnership Pilot Project hosting the first meeting on the 11th March 2015. The first meeting was attended by 3 Concord School staff including Jason Coningsby, School Principal, and members of the school's VCAL, Careers and Transition teams. Local community member representatives included Banyule City Council, E-Focus Disability Employment Services, Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network and a Concord parent. At the next meeting the Action Team will work together to determine the best way to move forward.

Employment Conference

Ticket to Work West

The West Ticket to Work (TTW) initiative was launched in September 2014. There are five specialist schools participating including Ascot Vale Special School, Jackson School, Melton Specialist School, Sunshine Special Developmental School, and Warringa Park School. All schools have put forward student candidates who submitted applications and were later interviewed by a panel of members of the TTW Working Party. The Working Party is comprised of representatives from nearly 20 organizations who have since selected this year’s TTW students and have commenced the sourcing of both work experience and School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities for this year’s roll out of Ticket to Work. To find out more about the TTW in the West click here.

CTS Website coming soon

The building of the North West Community Transition Support Website is well underway and will be launched in Term 2. This exciting new webpage will provide information about career development, local community partnerships, school to post school transitions and a range of other news stories. The website will provide information for the 22 specialist schools across Melbourne’s North West including students, parents and families, community service sector organisations as well as businesses from across the region.

The North West Community Transition Support Website will feature information about the range of initiatives being developed across the region, careers information, a range of case studies showcasing school - post school career journeys, a ‘Tech Toolbox’ of helpful resources, and local school-community-industry partnerships information. The launch date will be announced in Term 2.

Get in touch with us!  

The CTS team includes three 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


CTS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

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