Who are We?
SkillsPlus and BRACE are two not-for-profit organisations that run a diverse range of services, offering a pathway from education and training into employment. Our delivery is underpinned by our vision that social and economic participation should be a right of all individuals in our communities. We offer support to people from various backgrounds and abilities, including disengaged youth, migrants, long-term unemployed, people with disabilities, and those facing financial, learning or social barriers.
We are part of Endeavour Foundation. Our organisation will leverage opportunities to support Endeavour Foundation through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The aim is to maximize outcomes by providing a continuum of support services including education and employment, as well as assisting the development of Endeavour Foundation's workforce through training opportunities.
Vocational Education and Training
We offer a broad range of training courses in modern and convenient settings, providing classroom based training as well as flexible learning options (RTO Code 3621).
Foundation Skills Training
We offer a range of Foundation Skills courses (Certificate I and II level qualifications). Foundation skills courses are offered at our sites in Ballarat, Frankston, Dandenong, Springvale, Hastings, and at several off site locations including Doveton College and Connecting Skills Australia.
Transition to Work
Transition to Work is a service to support young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. Young people will receive intensive pre-employment support to improve their work readiness and help them into work or training. Employers will receive help from SkillsPlus to recruit young people who meet their business needs.
We offer alternative education for young people who are at risk of disengagement from education in a traditional school environment.
We have been a leading provider of employment services since 1984, assisting people looking for work and employers looking for candidates. SkillsPlus is a jobactive and a Disability Employment Service provider with extensive experience assisting people achieve their employment goals.
Skills for Education and Employment
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program seeks to improve the Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills of eligible individuals to enable them to participate more effectively in further training or to secure employment.
National Disability Coordination Officer Programme
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Programme aims to improve the transition of students with a disability from their compulsory school education into options including TAFE, University and employment.
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) provides people looking for work with accredited small business training, business mentoring, and income support to help them turn their business idea to a reality and help them to become a self-employed business owner.
What People Say About Us
My name is Candice and I started working at SkillsPlus in 2013. I started on a traineeship doing my certificate IV in Employment Services. I have recently completed and obtained my certificate. Would just like to say a big thanks to the company. Because without them I wouldn't have completed it! All the hard work and dedication has paid off and i am so happy i completed it. Thanks to SkillsPlus!
Candice - SkillsPlus Employee
My name is Siyun Zeng, my preferred name is Lydia. I came to Ballarat from China over 4 years ago, where I worked as a bank clerk for 15 years. In July, I completed Certificate III in Aged Care and Home & Community Care at BRACE Education & Training (Ballarat). I really enjoyed the course at BRACE as I was always encouraged, helped and supported by my tutors, classmates and the staff. BRACE delivers this qualification in partnership with Ballarat Health Services (BHS). In October, I got a casual job at BHS as a Personal Care Worker. Through this experience, I can tell that I love what I have learned in the course and BRACE is really a good place to be trained and skilled. All I want to say is "Thank You" to all of you at BRACE.
Siyun Zeng - Past BRACE Student
SkillsPlus is my family. Everyone here has everyone’s back no matter what and that means everything to me. The place means more to me than I’ll ever be able to explain. Without SkillsPlus I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am leaving SkillsPlus with a year 12 pass and an incredible family.
Tegan - Youth Education Student