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Community Transition Support (CTS)
Community Transition Support Newsletter
Edition 3 - 2015

Earlier this year CTS engaged two consultants to work with the 22 specialist schools in the North West Melbourne area to collate 2015 post school destination data. A CTS Forum on 27 October 2015 will be held to launch the report and results of this project. We encourage stakeholders from all sectors to join us for this one day event. It will include a showcase of school, community and employment good case examples of successful partnerships in action.

The CTS team have been working hard on existing initiatives and partnerships including the evaluation of the CTS model, supporting the Specialist School Transition Network, the five School Community Partnership Projects and the Ticket to Work Initiatives across the North and West to name a few!

I encourage you to read the articles in this newsletter to learn more about how CTS are working to bring together stakeholders to improve transition processes and post school outcomes for young people with a disability.

I would like to thank all stakeholders for your ongoing support.

Meri Ivanovska
CTS Manager
Inner Northern LLEN

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2015 CTS Forum
The CTS initiative is developing a full day Professional Development opportunity for schools, community services, local government and industry from across the North West Melbourne Reigon to come together .
The 2015 CTS Forum will be held on Tuesday 27 October at the Treacy Centre in Parkville. 
Professional basketballer and motivational speaker, Mike Spears will be the Master of Ceremonies for the day.  The keynote speaker Zita Pinder, Educational Consultant will present the results of the 2015 CTS Data Collection Project followed by the opportunity to identify some key strategies to improve successful transitions for young people at your school.
A showcase of good practice examples by schools, community and industry will provide participants with ideas and inspiration.  Save the date and don’t miss this chance to be inspired by the guest presenters, great work occurring in the region and to network with your colleagues.
Stay up to date with Community Transition Support through our website

The Community Transition Support (CTS) Website provides information about the range of initiatives being delivered in the North West Melbourne region. These include:

  • local school and community partnerships
  • school to post school transition case studies
  • careers information
  • access to the  2015 North West Community Transition Support Resource Guide.

The website was officially launched on July 22 at the Hume Global Learning Centre by our ambassadors Adrian Salvatore and Mark Underwood.  To read more about this event, including the evaluation report, click here.


The SSTN members came together in term three for the August meeting at Melbourne Polytechnic campus in Preston. Two meetings each year will be held in the community to provide members opportunities to visit a range of community service providers.
A range of guest speakers were invited to speak at the August meeting including the Work Education Unit at Melbourne Polytechnic, Centrelink and a representative from Central Office, Department of Health and Human Services. 
To find out more about the meeting and for a copy of the minutes, click here.

The Jackson School Community Partnership Action Team has formally evaluated the one year pilot phase of the project.  The Action Team has agreed to maintain the same project objectives which include:

  • to improve  post school outcomes into employment, further education and training and community participation
  • to improve parental and family engagement

Jackson is working with the Sunshine Hospital to expand opportunities for students to explore career options, including industry tours.  The school is also working with Brimbank City Council to create opportunities for students at their libraries and parks and gardens departments.  To find out more, click here.

Employment Conference

Concord School Community Partnership Pilot Project

The Concord School Community Partnership Action Team has been meeting for six months. An Action Plan has been developed that will inform the work of the group moving forward. As a result of this plan, Banyule City Council has offered its first ever Work Inspirations Program in which two Concord students participated. The program was a great success, giving students exposure to industry areas and hands on experience in Parks and Recreation.
CTS are working with the school to begin the parent, teacher and student consultations in term four.  To read more click here.

Employment Conference

Northern Ticket to Work

The Northern Ticket to Work pilot project celebrated its first anniversary in June 2015! The Working Party have come together to undertake a review and evaluation process of the one year pilot project. A report is being developed on the key findings of the project which will include recommendations for continuing the project into a second year. 

To read more about the project and some of the students engaged in SBATs, click here.

Have you joined 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:

  •  a noticeboard to keep you up to date with the latest CTS news
  • 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
  • a video tutorial on how to use the portal
  • a link to a workbook on how to use the portal
To register and become a member of Career Connections  click here.
Employment Conference

The Croxton School Community Partnership Project is in the process of reviewing and evaluating the one year pilot project. The school has committed to continuing the project beyond the one year pilot phase. The Action Team members have agreed to continue to support the project in its second year.
Croxton School and the Action Team will be looking at how they can work together to further enhance and develop the key objectives for the second year Action Plan.  The two key objectives are:

  • To improve post school transitions into employment, further education, training and community participation
  • Parental and family engagement for the school
To find out more click here. 
School Community Partnerships
The Warringa Park School Community Partnership Pilot Project is in the final stage of the pilot phase. Most recently, the Action Team worked together to deliver Mock Interviews for 60 students. The intention was to increase students’ career management skills.
CTS has also completed a whole school consultation process with parents, teachers and students about parental and family engagement at the school. The feedback will be collated into a report and will help to inform strategies on parent and family engagement for the school. 

Read more here.

Hume Valley School Community Partnership Pilot Project

The Hume Valley School Community Pilot Project Action Team have met four times since March this year. The Action Team has ratified Terms of Reference and are currently working together  to develop a one year Action Plan.  This will inform the work of the pilot project for the year. Click here to find out more.


Western Ticket to Work

The Working Party is currently supporting the work trials taking place for the ten successful student candidates.

Some of the opportunities include:

  • an automotive placement with Alan Mance Holden
  • a hospitality placement with Melton Library café
  • aquatic opportunities at Melton Waves as well as
  • a retail opportunity at Coles

The Working party is now liaising with the employers to develop the opportunities for these to lead to SBATs. To find out more click here.

NW Regional Strategy on Information
A working group will start to meet this month and develop a North West Regional Strategy on Information. This working group will include representatives from specialist schools, TAFE, local government and the community.  It will explore current information about careers and post school options available to young people and their families.  The working group will work together to develop a coordinated approach to support the provision of information for young people and their families across the North West Melbourne region.
The first meeting of the working group will be on Thursday September 17.  Check out the CTS Website, Career Connections Notice Board and Twitter (@CTS_Careers) to stay up to date with the working group and to send us your ideas.

Get in touch with us!

The CTS team is made up of four staff members. 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


Alison Templar
Project Coordinator
Phone 03 9384 -226 


CTS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

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