Free training for young people with a care experience! – Whats Next OOHC
Whats Next OOHC (Out of Home Care) is a brand new program by the government specifically for young people with a care experience. I met with Adam Dale recently to discuss what this program is all about and the opportunities for young people.
Some eligibility requirements first – young people have to be between 15-21 who are in out of home care, or who have been reunited with their families after care or who have transitioned to independence. If you are between the ages of 22-24 then you can still apply, however it will be on a case by case basis.
What type of assistance can I receive?
> Support from a What’s Next pathways officer to navigate the VET system and make good decisions about training and employment
> A career assessment to identify potential career options
> Financial assistance to cover the cost of your course including student enrollment fees
> Financial assistance to help pay for training related cost eg. uniforms, textbooks, equipment and occupational licenses like Food Handling and Food Safety certificate, White card and Forklift license, uniforms and Responsible Service of Alcohol(RSA).
What type of courses can I do?
There are over 300 courses to choose from but some young people have chosen these fields Hospitality, Business Administration, Foundation courses eg. Year 10, Youth and Disability Work. There are other courses available and its best to discuss this with a Whats Next OOHC worker.
For more information on the application process click this link:whats next 00hc process
For more information follow the link to Whats Next OOHC website: https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/whatsnextoohc
Darcie-Youth Facilitator at CREATE Foundation