Program Assistant, Kurnai Young Parents Program (KYPPs) - Kurnai College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Churchill VIC 3842, Australia
  • 29 Jul, 2022

Job Description

Job ID: 1288876
Location: Kurnai College [Multiple Location Campus]
Department: Kurnai College
Role Type: Teacher Aide
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 1
Apply By: 11/08/2022
Other Information:  
Begin Date: 22/08/2022
End Date:  
Hours: 26.50
Contact Name: Nick Try
Phone: 03 5165 0870
School Website:


Kurnai College is a multi-campus college in the Morwell and Churchill area of the Latrobe Valley, about 150 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.

The Kurnai College Statement of Purpose reads:

To build a Learning Community with a global perspective which promotes respect and achievement.

We define a Learning Community as a community where:

  • learning is our focus
  • all members of the College Community accept the responsibility for increasing their own learning
  • all members of the College Community accept the responsibility to assist others to increase their learning

The College’s Four Pillars underpin all aspects of our work. They are Engagement, Excellence, Work Ethic and Relationships.

The current Strategic Plan focuses on building teacher capacity through Professional Learning Teams, improved data literacy and assessment for learning practices.

We also focus on creating positive learning environments through the Positive Behaviour Support framework incorporating a restorative approach that is informed by a knowledge of generational poverty and the Berry Street Education Model. The College values student, family, and teacher voice.

The College has moved to a collaborative approach to drive curriculum and pedagogical development. The college has trained a team of growth coaches to help build teacher capacity. The College will also provide instructional leadership development opportunities for teaching staff over the period of the current plan.

The College has developed a strong ICT network and are building our E-learning capacity at every opportunity.

We welcome all students to our college, and we are particularly proud of our efforts to be a more inclusive learning community. The College has been recognised for its work in forging links with the indigenous community and continues to welcome students from all backgrounds, working with all to achieve success.

The College has recently changed its logo to better reflect with our Koorie connection and respect for the Gunai Kurnai people.

The College works hard to connect with our local community to increase the number of Kurnai students in further education and training. The College has three mainstream campuses with two year 7-10 campuses located at Morwell and Churchill, and a senior campus for years 11-12 co-located at Federation University in Churchill. The College also administrates two satellite campuses to cater for students at risk (LV FLO) and young parents (KYPP).

The College looks to the future with a sense of optimism and a positive frame of mind. With a stronger focus on our Kurnai identity and of belonging to one College with five campuses, combined with an understanding of, and commitment to, our purpose, we move confidently forward striving to provide the best possible learning opportunities for all members of our Learning Community.

The Kurnai Young Parents Program

Kurnai Young Parents Program (KYPP) offers young people with a family, and under the age of 21, the chance to achieve their Year 12 VCAL together with VET modules and other certificates.

We aim to provide young parents with essential numeracy and literacy skills and the opportunity to work towards a pathway through a varied VCAL and VET program.  

The program aims to:

  • Build young parents’ self-esteem, self-worth and confidence
  • Build aspiration
  • Equip young parents with essential literacy and numeracy skills
  • Assist in developing a pathway forward in young parents’ lives, whether that be through further education, employment or career development
  • Provide ongoing personal and parental support
  • Provide positive role models

Selection Criteria

SC1    Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-faceted team, fostering effective working relationships with external agencies and services providers, and knowledge of a range of support services available to young parents and their families.

SC2    Demonstrated awareness and understanding of the issues encountered by young parents and the ability to work alongside and support those who are experiencing barriers to learning with a demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and students.

SC3    Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated literacy and numeracy skills in order to support students in the classroom.

SC4    A demonstrated understanding of the skills required to be an effective team member.

SC5    Demonstrated ability to work unsupervised with the ability to manage competing priorities and high pressure situations, monitoring own stress levels and practising and promoting self-care strategies.


Attendance during school holidays is not required for this position.

Undertakes routine tasks that are usually carried out under close supervision and direction.  Work that carries some degree of independence will generally involve a limited number of tasks performed on a regular basis where priorities are clear, procedures are well established and direction is readily available.

Work has little scope for deviation. Problems can usually be solved by reference to well documented procedures and instructions and clearly established practices.  Deviation from established procedures will require reference to others for guidance and direction.  

Assistance is readily available when problems arise.  An experienced employee at range 1 will exercise limited judgement within clearly defined guidelines and well established practices that relate specifically to the tasks performed.

Does not carry responsibility for the work of others.  More experienced employees will provide basic guidance and advice to others relating to tasks within the work area.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor.

Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.

Qualification requirements do not operate at range 1.  Certification requirements may be required to legally perform specific tasks - e.g. driver's licence, first aid, safe food handling.


  • Liaise with external support services.
  • Monitor and following up attendance.
  • Assist students in the classroom to support their learning
  • Basic administration duties: filing, photocopying, etc.
  • Maintain stock control of classroom materials
  • Provide judgement free educational support for young parents in their educational journey.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.