Our Alternative Education Programs reconnect severely at-risk young people of compulsory school age who are disengaged from, and may not be effectively catered for, within mainstream school environments.
Through our programs, Year 11 and 12 students can access a range of educational options which acknowledge their diverse needs and support their transition into further education, training or employment pathways
Jobs and Skills WA - Youth at Risk (YAR)
Jobs and Skills WA prioritises training to focus on courses that equip young people to secure jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications. Many other important industry qualifications are also subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, including general industry training courses and foundation skills and equity courses.
Communicare provides the 22473VIC – Certificate II in General Education for Adults under the Jobs and Skills WA - Youth at Risk category. Eligible students need to be of school age, between 15 – 18 years, and referred by the Department of Education under a Notice of Arrangement (NOA) or other authorised referral agents.
Jobs and Skills WA - Work Readiness
Jobs and Skills WA prioritises training to focus on courses that equip young people to secure jobs that are, or will be, in high demand.
To be eligible for the Work Readiness program and complete the 22473VIC – Certificate II in General Education for Adults qualification, students can be any age, must be unemployed and have a “health care card” or “pension card”. Students must have a written referral from an Approved Participation Referral Agent for Job Seekers; or be referred by themselves; another agency or recruited by Communicare Inc.
This program supports the young person to re-engage with their education and gradually work towards transitioning them into school, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or employment.
It is delivered through the Certificate I in General Education for Adults (CGEA).
What are the Benefits of the Alternative Education Program?
The Communicare Alternate Education Program (AEP)/Mentor4U program is targeted to students who experience a range of complex needs which affect their ability to attend main stream school or programs that are similar to a main stream setting.
Communicare provide Youth Mentors that support an individual in their home or in a safe environment to gain essential life skills. By participating in the Certificates including General Education for Adults, this helps build their confidence and improve their Language Literacy and Numeracy.
Who Can the Alternative Education Program Help?
AEP/ Mentor4U participants are in between the age range of 15-18 and are referred by the Department of Education through the Engagement and Transitions Team. These participants have been disengaged from school for long periods of time and have limited educational opportunities available to them.
How Can the Alternative Education Program Be Accessed?
Year 11 and 12 school students can access our Alternative Education Program via a self-referral, referral by a supporting community sector organisation, their current school or through the Department of Education.
This program is an outreach service that covers the south of the Perth metro area and the Peel Region.
For more information about the Alternative Education Program, call us on (08) 9251 5777 or email Mentor4u@communicare.org.au or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AEP/ Mentor4U program is funded by the Western Australian Department of Education and managed in partnership with the Communicare RTO