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Strengthening transitions—Link and Launch

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link and Launch to further education and work

Research tells us that every year a number of young people who complete Year 12 are not engaged in education, employment or training in the year after they leave school. The Queensland Department of Education has rolled out Link and Launch services in 30 school sites to support young people who have completed Year 12 but are not in education, employment or training to navigate their options and choose a pathway that will equip them to successfully transition to study, training or work. The service will expand to reach 36 sites in 2023.

How the program works

Link and Launch officers are based at participating host schools to connect with young people who have completed Year 12 but have not yet transitioned to further study, training or work. These officers assist young people to navigate a range of post-school study, training and work options in line with their individual goals, aspirations, skills and strengths and support them to make independent choices that will equip them to make a successful transition. Some options young people may consider through the program include:

  • free apprenticeships and traineeships for under 25-years-olds
  • fee free TAFE
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs
  • alternative entry to university
  • employment
  • federal incentives and participation programs like JobTrainer and Transition to Work.

Eligible young people

Young people who are not in education, employment or training and who completed Year 12 in the last few years are eligible to join the program. All eligible young people who have completed their senior studies can join the program irrespective of which school they attended. Participation in the program is voluntary. Young people enrolled at school are not eligible to join the program as career guidance and planning support is already provided by schools.

Schools in the Link and Launch program

The Link and Launch program was piloted in 4 schools in Queensland in 2019 and has expanded since. The program is tailored to suit the cohort of students, geographic location, and size of each school–​together with the general needs of the community.

Schools which currently host the Link an​​d Launch program

​Contact details for the Link and Launch officers can be found on the following school websites:​

Schools that will com​mence delivery of Link and Launch ​during 2023

  • Bray Park State High School
  • Cleveland District State High School
  • Helensvale State High School
  • James Nash State High School
  • Mareeba State High School
  • Nambour State College
  • Runcorn State High School​

Further information

Email ​youthengagement@qed.qld.gov.au​ or visit the We the Differents–Link and Launch webpage​.​

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Last updated 23 January 2023