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Supporting Young People in Need

One of the founding principles on which OCTEC was built is the belief in the importance of supporting particular groups and individuals who face barriers to accessing training, education and employment opportunities available in the community.

OCTEC’s Youth Services are delivered under two main programs – the Shed Ed Links to Learning project, and Aspire NSW.


Aspire NSW “www.aspirensw.org.au

Aspire NSW is an outdoor education program. The program holds contracts for two Links to Learning projects, one in Central West NSW and one in the Blue Mountains area. Links to Learning is a program funded by the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Aspire NSW provide outdoor education activities to youth from all parts of the community, especially those who are disadvantaged. The focus on outdoor education helps reduce barriers to community participation, increases quality of life and assists individuals and groups achieve educational, social and recreational outcomes.

Participants have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities including bushwalking, abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, snorkeling and camping. Activities help participants develop important life skills such as communication, leadership, resilience and the capacity to work as part of a team.

In addition to the Links to Learning contracts, Aspire NSW delivers school camps, school sports days, holiday programs and corporate events across NSW.

Ph:  (02) 6362 7973
M:  0488 653 931

Shed Ed “links to learning

is a Links to Learning project catering for students at risk of disengaging from formal education. The project has been operating in Orange since 1993 and was formerly known as the Time Out Program. Links to Learning projects are funded by the Community Grants Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Training and are one of the strategic resources available to government high schools to assist students in Years 7 to 12 at risk of leaving school early before completing post compulsory education. Projects provide innovative and creative activities for young people in informal settings to link participants back to education and training and develop effective local strategies.

Funded by the NSW Department of Education and Community, Shed Ed is a Links to Learning project catering for students at risk of disengaging from the formal education system. The project provides small group and individual learning activities in a creative, informal and non-threatening learning environment and aims to develop employability skills and positive personal attributes. It has been operating since 1993 and was formerly known as the Time Out Program.Participants are aged 12 to 15 years and come one day a week - girls on Wednesdays, boys on Thursdays - remaining at school the rest of the week. The project provides services to a minimum of 35 students per year and at least 9,100 contact hours.The program is varied and includes sporting activities such as tennis, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing; animal-assisted therapy and education, e.g. volunteering at events run by the local Kennel and Obedience Club and undertaking Junior Dog Handler Training; and cognitive strategies, e.g. the RAP Program (Resourceful Adolescent Program) which targets anxiety and depression in young people.Other program activities offered in 2011 included art and craft workshops, weekly music sessions run by the Director of the Orange

Regional Conservatorium, Graham Sattler, and a variety of full day excursions including to the Edge Cinema at Katoomba, the Orange Show and The Australian National Field Days. In addition, 21 of our Shed Ed participants successfully completed an entry level Work Health and Safety training course on following workplace hygiene procedures, which should improve their chances of gaining employment in the future.

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