Selected Western NSW Region schools for
Access Group Training and Western Student Connections
Aspiration Building Activities
Cobar High School
Coonamble High School
Dubbo College
Dubbo School of Distance Education
Gilgandra High School
Narrabri High School
Narromine High School
Walgett Community College - High School
Wee Waa High School
Wellington High School
Western Student Connections
Ana Pateman
Phone: 02 6885 6144
Access Group Training
Katrina Carlton
Phone: 02 6884 9981


The Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP) program provides a pathway opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students.
While completing Year 11 and 12 (and possibly Year 10), students undertake the transition to employment through a school based traineeship.
The students gain work experience and complete on-the-job training while still at school so that when they finish Year 12 they are ready to commence full-time employment.


The objective of the IYCP Program is to assist in increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to transition effectively from secondary school into employment or further education, following successful completion of Year 12.
Access Group Training and Western Student Connections are IYCP providers for Western NSW region and have been contracted by the Australian Government to implement the program and support schools, employers and trainees.


The IYCP Program includes the delivery of the following Services:
  • Facilitating School Based Traineeships and related support;
  • Developing, coordinating and conducting Aspiration Building Activities and events for Eligible Students;
  • Providing Structured Mentoring for School Based Traineeship participants while they are at school, and following their completion of Year 12 and transition from school to employment or further education.
Support available to schools and trainees includes:
  • Identifying needs and the level of support required for each case;
  • One-on-one support and mentoring for the IYCP participant throughout the duration of the school based traineeship;
  • Making a plan with the student, employer and school to make sure everything runs as smoothly and successfully as possible;
  • Providing regular reports to the schools and employers which assess the participant’s development and achievement, and;
  • Staying in regular contact with all those involved to make sure everything is going well and, where it might not be, ensuring it is dealt with quickly and effectively.
Support to employers includes:
  • Identifying what your trainee needs and what support you might need;
  • Making a plan that helps you and the trainee start working together quickly and easily;
  • Organising cultural awareness training for you and your staff if you haven’t already done it.