Youth & Early School Leavers

There are a heap of great opportunities on offer if you're young or an early school-leaver and looking for work. Here is where you can find info on different career paths and options.

Here are some useful resources to point you in the right direction:

My School
My School enables you to search detailed profiles of Australian schools simply by entering a school’s name, suburb or postcode. On this site, you can quickly find statistical information about schools of interest to you and then compare their resources and performance with similar schools across the country. 


My Skills
The My Skills website is the national directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses. It is a federal government initiative to enable consumers to search for, and compare, VET courses and training providers.

Our Community
The website provides advice, connections, and training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities. In particular, you can access the community resources section (Join In Join Up) which provides information and helpful resources available to supporting young people and early school leavers such as advocacy services.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching
The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website provides prospective students with relevant and transparent information about Australian universities from the perspective of recent students and graduates. Non-university higher education Institution results will be published on the site as they become available.


Training is the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. It is the authoritative source of Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

Job Jumpstart
Job Jumpstart can help with just about anything! Including finding work, figuring out your career path, and some interesting stats and facts on the current job market in your area.


Department of Education and Training – Youth
The Department of Education and Training works to encourage young people to participate in further education, training and work.


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.


Kids Help Line
Kids Helpline is Australia's only national 24/7 telephone and online counselling and support service for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.


Whitelion is a charity established over 16 years ago to fill a desperate need in the community. The charity opens doors to opportunities, positive relationships and community connections for youth at risk aged between 10 to 25 years old, with practical support such as mentoring programs, education and employment.


Job Guide
The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities.


VET in Schools
VET in Schools refers to Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses undertaken as part of school studies. About one third of Australia’s senior secondary students are enrolled in a VET in Schools course. VET in Schools courses enable you to earn credit towards a recognised VET qualification while you complete the general education curriculum or work towards your senior secondary certificate.


Options for early school leavers
Completing Year 12 or its equivalent has many benefits, but you may feel ready to move on from school before the end of Year 12. If you are planning to leave school before Year 12, here is some information about the best career options available to you that can help you make a choice about your future.


School based apprenticeships
Young Australians can get a head start with their careers by beginning an Australian Apprenticeship while still working towards their senior secondary school certificate. Australian School-Based Apprenticeships are a great career option, allowing young Australians to commence training for a vocational qualification and earn a wage while completing their senior secondary certificate.


Generation Success
Generation Success is an industry led initiative aimed at drawing employer’s attention to youth unemployment in Australia, and providing practical tips and advice to support employers, young people as well as parents and educators.


Department of Human Services – Students and Trainees
The Department of Human Services is responsible for the development of service delivery policy and provides access to social, health and other payments and services.


Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. To locate Lifeline services near you click here


School wasn’t for me… But I look forward to work each day now, and once I finish my traineeship, I like to think I’ll be a step ahead of my mates who are still at school.


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