Education & training

The Bridge Employment Support & Training (BEST) delivers life skills and vocational training modules designed to improve the confidence and mindset of Bridge participants. The skills and knowledge gained in the training is essential for career development and assists with everyday living and life choices. 

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The BEST program is delivered to male and female offenders serving Community Correctional Orders throughout Victoria and male prisoners at the Metropolitan Remand Centre, Marngoneet Correctional Centre and Barwon Prison.

The program aims to empower participants to address their offending behaviour, promotes positive life-choices and prepares them for employment or further educational opportunities.  

The ability of facilitators to quickly build rapport and their honest yet down-to-earth approach allows participants to feel comfortable about opening up and discussing relevant issues and aspects of their life, as well as developing new skills, confidence and knowledge.

The BEST program is now nationally recognised as a Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways (Course Code FSK20113) and aligns with the 14 units of competency for this accredited training program. Although a certificate II level program, facilitators cater for the needs of a broad range of participants in regard to language, literacy and numeracy ability, including those with high level literacy and numeracy skills and those with limited abilities.

The BEST program ultimately aims to assist and help each individual that engages in the program, helping them to achieve success in both their personal and professional lives and helping them to be healthier and happier in BODY, MIND and SPIRIT.

For more information please contact the Bridge Project Education and Training Director Luke Egan at luke.egan@ymca.org.au