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School Leaver Program

at the Y Geelong


Registrations for our 2024 program are now open!

Did you graduate in 2022 or are about to graduate in ‘23?

Kickstart your career with our Y Geelong School Leaver Program!


What’s on offer?

  • A competitive salary
  • Practical hands-on work experience
  • Formal training, including a Certificate III or IV qualification

Be part of a community organisation that:

  • Is committed to providing meaningful work for young people
  • Delivers programs that support the community to be healthier and happier and provide a place to belong
  • Welcomes diversity


Recent Participants

Meet some recent participants and hear about their experiences in the Y School Leaver Program.


Maggie, Sport and Recreation Trainee

“I always wanted to work with children and I love sports too, so why not do both” 

Maggie was welcomed to the Y in February 2022 as a casual Sports Coach; after completing secondary school, she was looking for an opportunity for permanent employment, which is when she saw the School Leaver Program opportunity.

Enjoying the work, and knowing this is where her passion lies, she applied for the School Leavers, Sport and Recreation role, available at Newtown Stadium.

Throughout the program, Maggie will work towards completing her Certificate IV in Sports Development, whilst gaining hands-on experience working as the Trainee Sport and Recreation Leader, alongside industry experts.


future is bright w the y2x


About the Program

Our entry-level program positions offer you:

  • A competitive starting salary package
  • Flexible work in an 18-24month program
  • Practical, hands-on work experience
  • Formal training, including a Certificate III  or IV qualification
  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • A supportive team environment
  • An inclusive and diverse workplace culture.


Who can apply?

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have completed Year 12 in 2022 or will complete Year 12 in 2023
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Clear our pre-engagement integrity check.

Submit your application through our online recruitment portal by 11:00pm, Tuesday 31st October 2023.


What we're looking for in a candidate

Our ideal candidate for the program:

  • Has competent written and verbal communication skills
  • Has good computer skills and can operate in a Windows-based environment
  • Can work in a scheduled environment
  • Is resilient, flexible and independent
  • Is a team player
  • Takes a proactive approach to their work and embraces challenges
  • Has a willingness and eager to learn.


Your role may include:

  • Sport and Recreation Leader (at Newtown Stadium)
  • Sports Coaching (Newtown Stadium)
  • Customer Service (Newtown and North Geelong) 
  • Outside School Hours Educator (Bannockburn)
  • Outdoor Recreation Leaders (Facilitating outdoor programs for camp groups in Queenscliff) 

Next Steps

  • Register your interest by applying online here
  • Candidates will be contacted to discuss options and how the interview process is conducted.

Applications and Expressions of Interest close 11:00pm Tuesday 31st October 2023.


Apply Now


At the Y, you'll do work that matters to children and young people.