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.
BRACE Education and Training is a training organisation registered with ASQA to deliver training throughout Australia. RTO Code: 3621
SkillsPlus Ltd is a training organisation registered with the VRQA to deliver training in Victoria. RTO Code: 4087
Further details about our registrations can be found on training.gov.au
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.
Education and Training
We never underestimate the power of education and training as a pathway to employment and a better life. Our courses and programs will give you the essential skills you need to succeed. We have vocational training courses, youth education, English literacy training, employment training for mature age job seekers and support to start your own small business. We empower people through education and training. You + us = unlimited possibilities.
Disability Employment Services
Helping job seekers with a disability, injury or health condition to find the right job at the right place.
We live and work in the communities we're based in. So, we really know the employers, job roles available and the local health provider network.
Taking the time to get to know you, your support needs and to understand what you want is essential for us in developing your tailored employment support and individualised job plans.
Together, with our long-standing Employer Connections and Employment Support Skills and your hunger for a new job, we can guide you into the ideal role.
Receive resume writing and interview training; access to additional courses and training to gain additional skills and get placement support so you can get the job you want.
Are you aged 15-19 years of age and interested in completing further education and training? Looking for a relaxed and supportive environment with understanding staff? Then, our Youth Education is the right place to be! We offer VCAL at Foundation, Intermediate and Senior levels, and we offer continuous intake throughout the year. Whilst the program runs Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 3.00pm and follows standard school terms, we can tailor flexible engagement to suit student needs.
New Enterprise Initiative Scheme (NEIS)
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) can help bring your idea to life! NEIS is designed to assist eligible applicants who have a business idea and want the opportunity to start their own business.
Skills for Education & Employment (SEE)
The SkillsPlus Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program is designed to help you develop and strengthen your English language, literacy and numeracy skills. We can offer you up to 800 hours of free training, starting at your own skill level and working at your own pace.
National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program aims to improve the transition of students with a disability from their compulsory school education into options including TAFE, University and employment. There are 7 NDCO’s located within Victoria and SkillsPlus hosts 3 of them. The NDCO Program for Southern Melbourne, Western Victoria and Eastern Victoria is hosted by SkillsPlus. The program also offers a range of services to schools, parents, community providers and employers to build capacity within our community to support people with a disability.
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