CTS Newsletter - Term One 2017
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Welcome to the first CTS Newsletter for 2017

The CTS team would like to welcome stakeholders across the North West Melbourne region including specialist schools, further education and training providers, community service organisations and business and industry to the first CTS Newsletter for the year! We are looking forward to enhancing existing partnerships and developing new opportunities to improve school to post school outcomes for young people with disabilities into further education and training, employment and community participation.
We would also like to introduce the newest addition to the CTS team, Paul Papadatos. Paul will be working on a range of initiatives including the Northern and Western TTW models and will be in touch with stakeholders in the coming weeks to introduce himself.
This term CTS has been working alongside specialist school staff and local stakeholder partners to plan for the year ahead. The team are working on the development of exiting projects  including the 2017 Data Collection Project, 2017 CTS Forum, the Northern and Western Ticket to Work projects and a few others which I encourage you to read about below.
We look forward to working with you and developing school-post school outcomes for young people with disabilities across the NW Melbourne region.

Best Wishes
Meri Ivanovska
Manager - CTS
2017 NWCTS Forum 
CTS will be hosting its 2017 Forum on Tuesday 30 May 2017 at the Treacy Centre in Parkville. The Forum will include a key note address from Zita Pinda on the 2016 Data Collection Project. Other presentations will include an update on Ticket to Work and the NW Melbourne Regional Strategy on Information. The day will also incorporate the opportunity for professional learning through a range of workshops to be selected from on the day. These include:
  • Introduction to Digital Literacy
  • Partnerships 101
  • Parental Engagement
For more information about the Forum, click here.
To register for the Forum, click here.

2017 CTS Data Collection Project

This year CTS are developing the third round of data collection on the post school destinations of young people exiting specialist schools across the region. The 2016 CTS Data Collection information will be reported on at the 2017 CTS Forum in May. We would like to thank all the specialist schools across the region for your support and participation. For more information click here.

NW Melbourne Regional Information Strategy
A Steering Committee of cross sector organisations and specialist schools have been convening to plan and work together on the development of the implementation phase of the strategy. Three local government areas have undertaken an organisational self assessment on the provision of information for young people and their families on careers. This work is currently being collated to support the development of this initiative. To find out more read here.

Specialist School Transition Network
This term the SSTN met in February at Jackson School in St Albans. Members from the network were provided with a Jackson School tour followed by a presentation from Leah Van Poppel from the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) on advocacy for young people. The meeting also provided a Parent experience on her child’s transition to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and an Overview of National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) roles. The SSTN provides the opportunity for professional learning and networking. To find out more click here.
Ticket to Work
In 2016 the Northern and Western TTW models provided the opportunity for specialist school students to apply for a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) through the TTW process. The Working Party membership have been working to source opportunities for the students to undertake work experience, structured work placement and SBAT’s across the region. To read more about TTW click here.
CTS Career Connections
This initiative is an online talent community portal for specialist schools in Melbourne’s North West to use as part of their career development programs. CTS Career Connections provides opportunities for schools to introduce students to the portal and practice how to become a member, access live jobs, develop a Curriculum Vitae using Air CV and explore valuable information through its Useful Links.

CTS is working with teachers at Croxton School to introduce the portal to year 10 students.  Students have joined the portal and are learning how to construct a Curriculum Vitae using AirCV. To learn more, click here.
School Community Partnership Pilot Projects
The five School Community Partnership Pilot Projects have been completed and are consolidating the final reports. In 2016, Sunshine Special Developmental School embarked on the development of a pilot project for their school. 
The 2017 CTS Forum will include a workshop about establishing and maintaining successful partnerships.  If your organisation would like to learn more about this, we encourage you to attend the upcoming Forum.
To learn more about School Community Partnership Pilot Projects click
To register for the Forum, click

Contact Us

CTS Team Members can be contacted as follows:

Meri Ivanovska
Phone: 0409 547 034

Alison Templar
Partnership Broker
Phone: 0431 165 664

Paul Papadatos
Ticket to Work Partnership Broker
Phone: 0415 559 333
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