Vocational Education and Training (VET)
One of the most direct ways into the community sector is through Vocational Education and Training (VET). VET delivers targeted knowledge and practical skills directly linked to particular roles including early childhood education, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander services, alcohol and other drug services, community development and aged care.
VET training is delivered by institutions including schools and colleges, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Registered Training Operators which include ACT community sector organisations.
Many VET students can access support with the costs of study.
Here are some links to ACT Government, not-for-profit and registered training organisations that offer VET for the ACT community sector:
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
VET gives you a great opportunity to learn on the ground with professionals while still having the support of teachers through an apprenticeship or traineeship.
With an apprenticeship or traineeship you even have the potential to earn while you study.
You can find out about community sector apprenticeships and traineeships on the CIT website or you can search for traineeships on job websites or ACT community sector organisation websites (for example check out Woden Community Service).