Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services
Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services is a leading community provider of training in Melbourne's west and north. It provides students with training that results in qualifications and statements of attainment that are recognised and accepted by industry and other educational institutions throughout Australia.
Djerriwarrh Community and Education Services is a not for profit organisation which has been delivering a range of services for disadvantaged people of Melbourne's outer western suburbs since 1989. It was born from the ashes of the Community Youth Services Scheme program in 1989 with the support of the Melton City Council and since its inception has provided effective education, employment and support services to many thousands of people.
SkillShare was the starting point program in 1989. This program was designed to provide training to those displaced from the labour force so that with up to date skills their employment opportunites were enhanced.
When the CES was disbanded in 1998 and replaced by the privatised Job Network, Djerriwarrh through membership with Job Futures became a provider of Job Network Services in Melton, Sunbury, St Albans and in later years Craigieburn. In 2009, Djerriwarrh ceased delivering Job Network and since 2012 is no longer a member of Job Futures.
Youth support programs have been a feature of Djerriwarrh since 1991 when it began the Pathways Program for young unemployed people who needed extra assistance to make the transition into employment and education. Youth programs that Djerriwarrh has delivered successfully include Job Placement Employment and Training (JPET), Youth Pathways Program (YPP), Youth Transition Support Initiative (YTSI), School Focussed Youth Services and Youth Connections. Many of these programs have been delivered in both Melton City Council and Brimbank City Council.
Djerriwarrh became a registered Adult Community and Further Education Provider in 1996, now known as a Learn Local Provider, and continues to deliver pre accredited training in Melton and Sunbury.