Social Impact

Employment & Training

Journey to employment
The YMCA believes everyone deserves a chance to upskill themselves, regardless of circumstance.
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Work towards your career aspirations with us!

School-based VET

The YMCA Vocational School VET program equips students with nationally recognised qualifications as part of their high school education. As a result, young people have the skills and capabilities to successfully gain employment and become role models within their communities.

Year 10 – Year 12 students enrolled at YMCA Vocational School can participate in a range of accredited courses.

  • Certificate II in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Retail
  • Certificate II in Automotive
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate II in Logistics and Warehousing
  • Certificate II and III in Hospitality
  • Certificate II in Health Support Services

A Second Chance

Ashley had no employment history and a low level of formal education when she enrolled to study through the Get Set for Work program. The young woman completed two work experience placements, one of which she was offered paid employment. As a result, she is now empowered to work towards her goals to financially support her family and study at university. Ashley says she loved the course’s safe and educational environment where she made new friends and was supported to learn at her own pace.

Community Programs

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

The YMCA offers two programs under the Queensland Government’s Skilling Queenslanders for Work Initiative to help community members who may be disadvantaged gain a qualification and find employment.

These programs, including Get Set for Work and Community Work Skills, are tailored to support members of the community who are currently unemployed or underemployed.

Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria detailed in order to be accepted:
  • Need support to gain the skills or qualification required to achieve any of the following goals:
    • Successfully gain employment
    • Secure more stable employment
    • Build foundation skills to the level for the successful completion of a vocational qualification
    • Reskill and retain following redundancy or a long absence from work
  • Be a Queensland resident
  • Be aged 15 years or older
  • Meet Australian residency requirements
Get Set for Work

Young people aged 15 – 19 may be eligible for the Get Set for Work program.
Candidates will:
  • Gain a Certificate II in Hospitality
  • Build work skills, life skills and have fun
  • Learn how to make barista coffee
  • Get help with writing a resume and job applications
Community Work Skills

This program is open to all eligible community members above the age of 15. YMCA Kingston offers the following courses for eligible candidates:
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant (Hairdressing)
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
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