Traineeships offer young Aboriginal people who are interested in pursuing a career within the community services sector the opportunity to work full time for 12 months in a specific program at VACCA, developing essential workplace skills whilst also undertaking a Certificate IV in Community Services.
Traineeships are set up in a way that enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees to take the theory and skills they learn whilst they are studying and apply this knowledge to the work they are doing in the workplace. Further to this, trainees receive important Cultural mentorship, guidance and supervision as they progress within the workplace and through their study.
VACCA recognises the importance of encouraging and developing Aboriginal community's young and emerging leaders and believes that with guidance and development, successful trainees can transition towards long-term careers.
- Pre-employment support assistance with job applications and interviews.
- 12 months work experience and professional development.
- Training workshops and shadowing experienced staff in related positions.
- Access to formal qualifications through a Certificate IV in Community Services.
- Comply with all VACCA policies and procedures.
- Work co-operatively in accordance with instructions from your supervisor.
- Wear professional work clothes and maintain professional behaviour.
- Keep all VACCA information confidential.
- Undertake all training and complete assessment tasks to complete a vocational qualification. You will be granted paid time to attend studies.
Your supervisor will play an integral role in providing close supervision, guidance, support, feedback, on-the-job training and suitable day-to-day work tasks for you to complete.
Your supervisor should also monitor work performance, attendance and conduct. If there are any issues or concerns, these should be discussed with the Traineeships Co-ordinator.
A dedicated co-ordinator role will support trainees through the 12 months, commencing from pre-employment training and recruitment all the way through to the completion of the traineeship.
The Traineeships Co-ordinator is responsible for organising various training components and ensuring access to formal qualifications.
Furthermore, the Co-ordinator will be involved at all stages and responsible for:
- mentoring support
- liaison with managers and training providers
- monitoring progress
- risk management
- problem solving
There are a suite of program areas hosting traineeship opportunities at VACCA, including:
- Kinship Care
- Foster Care
- Family Services
- Stronger Families
- Youth Team
- External Training Unit
- Projects & Reform
VACCA is committed to developing a workforce of strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders who are Cultural experts and can offer this knowledge to the families and children we work with.
VACCA strongly believes that young emerging Aboriginal leaders have an important voice to share with Community, and therefore, we want to create pathways to ensure that those voices are listened to, acknowledged and embraced.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people wishing to apply for a traineeship at VACCA must do so by submitting:
- an expression of interest
- an up-to-date resume / CV
Your expression of interest letter must include your reasons as to why you wish to work with Aboriginal Community for an Aboriginal Controlled Organisation.
Please note that all traineeships are subject to a pre-employment meet-and-greet followed by a formal interview.