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Western Springboard

WCIG is proud to present Springboard as the latest addition to our suite of youth programs being provided with the aid of our dedicated Youth Workers and program staff.

WCIG, as lead agent, Djerriwarrh Employment & Education Services and Inner Melbourne VET Cluster have formed a consortium to deliver the ‘Western Springboard’: Intensive Education and Employment Support for Young People Leaving Care.

What is Springboard?

Springboard is a state-wide intensive support program to assist young people disengaged from education, training or employment who are, or have been, in residential out-of-home care, including as lead tenant.

The Springboard program provides a service to young people who are, or have been, in residential out-of-home care, between the ages of 16 and 21.

Springboard is be strongly connected to existing transition and post care services. It is a specialist service for these particularly vulnerable young people.

Springboard intensively assists young people who are transitioning from, or who have left residential care, to gain secure, long-term employment by re-engaging them with appropriate education, training or supported employment opportunities.

Springboard staff are equipped with specialist knowledge and skills in:

  • Education/alternative education
  • Vocational training and employment programs, 
  • Employment services, 
  • Transition to Employment service providers for young people with a disability, 
  • Employers
  • Industry groups


Aim of the program

Springboard provides a variety of services which include:

  • A flexible, outreach and case work approach that assists young people to successfully engage, or re-engage with education, training and/or employment

  • An innovative and collaborative partnership with the Government Departments and Services, residential and lead tenant out-of-home care providers, post-care support information and referral services and other services to maximise a young person's capacity to engage with the program   

  • A culturally competent service that is responsive to the needs of Indigenous young people and those from diverse cultural backgrounds

For more information or enquiries about Springboard, please email springboard@wcig.org.au or call (03) 9689 3437.