Education First Youth Foyer

Berry Street and Beyond Housing Network, working in partnership with GOTAFE, are the service providers delivering an Education First Youth Foyer in Shepparton for 40 young people, aged 16-24. 

The Foyer has a core focus on education and provides secure housing as a means of enabling young people to focus on their studies.  It also provides opportunities to develop career aspirations, gain work experience, and build a pathway to sustainable employment.

The Foyer makes an ongoing investment in the future of greater Shepparton by providing young people with the support, skills and tools necessary to become independent adults.


Eligibility and how to apply

To be eligible you must be:

  • aged 16 – 24 years

  • unable to live at home

  • keen to get into education and training

  • willing to make a commitment to stay in education and/or training. 

If you are eligible, please complete the readiness form and submit it directly to the Education Youth Foyer in SheppartonYou can complete the form by yourself or have someone you trust help you fill it out.  Foyer staff will assess the information in these forms to determine if the Foyer is right for you. 

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Mentor and Business Opportunities

“The Committee for greater Shepparton was formed to unite the business and community leadership of the region. Two of our key strategic pillars are productivity and inclusivity. We want our young people to be well educated and engaged in the economy of the region. We support the development of the Youth Foyer, and look forward to engaging with the students to help them in their career journeys.”

 - Sam Birrell, CEO, Committee for Great Shepparton

Getting involved with the Education First Youth Foyer is an investment in the future of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley. 

The Youth Foyer welcomes support from all kinds of businesses. The level of support is flexible and can be tailored to your business. Some of the ways local businesses have been involved include: 

  • hosting a work ‘taster’ – sharing insight into the operations of your business
  • presenting at one of our Foyer industry nights
  • work experience opportunities
  • casual, part-time or full-time employment
  • traineeships/apprenticeships
  • mentoring
  • internships
  • sharing networks and experiences
  • scholarships
  • working with us to design a program that fits your business and challenges young people to get involved. 

In return you will be making a difference in the lives of young people and helping change the way society thinks of young people.

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Get in touch

Anita McCurdy
Education First Youth Foyer Manager
T: (03) 5825 6104

Apply for the Foyer

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