Senior Pathways &
VET programs for Secondary Students

Updated June 2017

Youth at Risk

Links to Learning

The Department of Education provides fixed term funding of approximately $8 million annually to approved, not for profit, community based organisations and local government authorities to operate Links to Learning projects across NSW.

The aim of Links to Learning is to improve education, employment and life outcomes for students who are disengaged from learning and/or at risk of leaving school early. This aim is reflective of, and supports Goal 15 of the NSW 2021 State Plan – Improve educational and learning outcomes for all students.

Links to Learning projects are developed collaboratively between the Links to Learning provider and central and high schools to provide targeted support for youth at risk of disengaging from education.

Fifty four organisations are currently funded to deliver 80 Links to Learning Projects to approximately 3,500 youth at risk. Over 270 public schools across NSW refer students to Links to Learning Projects.

Links to Learning Case Studies

Achieving Success

Connecting Koori Kids to School, Identity and Culture

Nothern Beaches Jumpstart

Providing Pathways to Learning for Multicultural Youth

Serving up a Career

Juvenile Justice Program

The Department manages a school for specific purposes (education and training unit) in the seven Juvenile Justice Centres and the single Juvenile Correctional Centre in NSW.

Education and Training Units provide opportunities for young people to either re-engage with education, or continue their pattern of study while they are in custody. Improving students literacy and numeracy is a focus for all Education and Training Units.