Schools

Empowering, inspiring and engaging, Project Ready gives your students a VET qualification while building their self-worth, sense of belonging, work skills and personal effectiveness.

With students receiving up to two units at 1 and 2 levels towards VCAL or VCE, Project Ready is an excellent VET option for year 10 – 12 students. The Units of Competency are very relevant to young people and invaluable to their personal and career development skills. 

Operational & Funding Models

There are three operational and funding models schools can choose from:

  • Program is delivered off school grounds by a qualified Project Ready facilitator with TAE qualifications. Facilitators are not necessarily VIT registered teachers.
  • Volunteer adult mentors are sourced by the LLEN to support the program
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  • All program costs, including excursions, are paid for by the LLEN (except photocopying)
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  • Annual fee charged to your school: band funding of $819* plus % of SRP $1,070* = $1,889 per
    student. This fee can be paid up front or in two instalments in April and August
  • Annual auspicing fee paid by the school directly to IVET: $215* per student
  • Program is delivered off school grounds by a qualified Project Ready facilitator with TAE. Facilitators are not necessarily VIT registered teachers.
  • The school supplies an appropriate support teacher (click on the support teacher position description to learn more about the role of support teachers).

  • All program costs, including excursions, are paid for by the LLEN (except photocopying)
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  • Annual fee charged to your school: band funding of $819* plus % of SRP $750* = $1,569 per
    student. This fee can be paid up front or in two instalments in April and August
  • Annual auspicing fee paid by the school directly to IVET: $215* per student
  • Program is delivered on or off school grounds by your school’s VIT registered teacher, accredited in Project Ready.
  • All program costs are paid for by the school.
  • Annual fee charged to your school: $300* per student
  • Annual auspicing fee paid by the school directly to IVET: $215* per student

*Figures based on 2021. Band funding, SRP and AAG fees may change from year to year. LLEN fees will be amended accordingly. 

PROJECT READY WORKS

In 2019, CRLLEN engaged LaTrobe University to independently evaluate Project Ready against its objectives. The research confirmed that the program is effective in achieving its aims.

Read the Project Ready Evaluation Report 

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How it works

Students must turn 15 years of age before 27 April in the year they undertake Project Ready in order to qualify for participation.

It is recommended that each student considered for Project Ready is interviewed to determine if they are a suitable fit for the program. Interviews might be conducted by a combination of the careers teacher, year level coordinator, wellbeing coordinator and Project Ready facilitator. Students should understand what the program entails and how they will benefit from it. 

The school may also wish to hold an information session for students where the Project Ready facilitator, a LLEN representative, an industry or community partner and past participants speak about the program. 

Teaching staff involved in selecting students for Project Ready should be aware of the various triggers that can lead to disengagement and whether Project Ready is the right fit for their students, or whether an alternative program or approach might be more suitable. 

Project Ready us suitable to be used as a VET program for all year 10s, or as a pre-CAL or Foundation VCAL program.

A minimum of 15 students must be enrolled in Project Ready (Cert II in Active Volunteering) for the course to proceed. Schools may consider using VET Cluster opportunities to ensure minimum numbers.

Schools are responsible for issuing students with the Project Ready Enrolment Pack which must be returned to the Project Ready facilitator two weeks before the commencement of the course. 

Facilitators will conduct LLN assessments for each student prior to the course starting to determine individual learning needs. Any LLN data schools have on students should be shared with the facilitator.

Schools are responsible for enrolling students into the course on VASS.

No enrolments or withdrawals are permitted after week 7 of term 1.

Project Ready (Cert II in Active Volunteering) involves 180+ nominal hours and spans the school year, including: 

  • 20 hours volunteering/community project (counts as VET Structured Workplace Learning)
  • 10-30 hours of work placement (counts as VET Structured Workplace Learning: block placement or 1 day per week)

It is recommended that schools timetable Project Ready (Cert II in Active Volunteering) as a weekly VET subject held on the school’s VET day. 

SWL hours (20 hours volunteering/community project + 10-30 hours work placement), workshops and excursions may require students to take additional time away from school. 

(Models 1 & 2)

It is recommended that the school and LLEN work together to find a venue outside the school, such as a boardroom, community room or large office space. This can help simulate an adult working environment and support community and industry involvement. 

Some Project Ready facilitators may not hold Permission To Teach, so an off-school venue is required, ideally within walking distance from the school and close to facilities such as public transport and shops.

Schools must nominate: 

  • A decision maker (eg. an Assistant Principal who has authority to make decisions in relation to Project Ready within the school). 
  • School Point of Contact (eg. a teacher who is able to assist the facilitator with questions, referrals and photocopying where required). 

Schools may choose to provide: 

  • A support teacher to be in the room with the facilitator and students (Model 2). A position description is available for this role. 
  • If the school is unable to provide a support teacher, the LLEN will source volunteer mentors with WWCC and who meet all other child safe and duty of care requirements (Model 1).

Schools must also make provisions for the: 

  • Careers teacher and wellbeing staff to be involved in selected sessions and briefings as requested by the facilitator. This may consist of one or two sessions during the year.

Schools must fund: 

  • Photocopying (minimal requirement).

The program incorporates two SWL placements for every participating student:

  • 20 hours of volunteering or a group community project as part of the unit ‘Be an Effective Volunteer’
  • 10-30 hours of work placement as part of the unit ‘Participate in Work Placement’

Project Ready (Certificate II in Active Volunteering) is presently auspiced by IVET.

  • Your school will have a partnership agreement with IVET. This is arranged by IVET.
  • The LLEN will have an agreement with your school. Please view a copy of the LLEN-School Agreement.

Models 1 & 2

Students will be insured by the LLEN and for all Project Ready activities. LLEN insurance covers students at the off-site training venue and for all excursions. Students are covered by public liability insurance to the value of $20 million provided by VMIA. Here is a link to the policy.

Models 3

Students are not covered by LLEN insurance. The school will need to ensure appropriate insurance.

Models 1 & 2

Excursions are arranged by the LLEN and facilitator, and funded by the LLEN. LLENs use a risk matrix and comprehensive excursion permission form to meet duty of care responsibilities.

Models 3

Excursions are arranged and funded by the school. The LLEN will assist the school with the organisation of excursions.

Teachers from your school who will be involved in delivering Project Ready are required to sign a confidentiality agreement  in order to protect the intellectual property of the program.

Want to Know More?

If you would like to find out more about the program, please contact your Local Learning Employment Network (LLEN) or Lena Way, our program creator.