The Victorian public sector offers paid cadetships to young people to gain work experience in departments and agencies.

Cadetships are supportive pathways to careers in the Victorian public sector. As a cadet, you'll receive ongoing training, guidance and support from workplace mentors. 

A wide variety of departments and agencies offer cadetships. For instance, you could be working at the Victorian Public Sector Commission, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, or the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

And after you complete a cadetship, you’ll receive opportunities for ongoing employment.

Types of programs

The following cadetships are available. 

  • Youth Cadetship Scheme (YCS)

    YCS is a two-year, paid work placement for young people who have graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme. You'll be employed by a public sector department or agency while you study for a Certificate IV in Government. 

    For more information, visit the Jobs Victoria website


  • Aboriginal Undergraduate Cadetship Program

    This program is a 12-week, paid work placement in a public sector department or agency. It's for second and third year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking their first undergraduate degree. Cadets get access to mentors, senior Aboriginal public sector employees and the Aboriginal Graduate Network.

    And when you finish your cadetship and degree, you can get fast-tracked to the GRADS interview stage. For more information, visit the Victorian Public Sector Commission website.



"For young people, traineeships and cadetships are a great way to start a career in the public sector."
James, Cadet