Our programs are also great learning opportunities for tertiary students who take on a Scouting placement as they complete their degree. In a competitive job market, Scouting gives graduates a significant advantage. The Student Placement Program provides tertiary students with the opportunity to develop leadership and behaviour management skills, and experience to improve their employment readiness.
We have agreements with many Universities and TAFE providers so that students can undertake a placement with Scouts Victoria as part of their course, applying their learning in the Scout setting while learning valuable skills. Participating courses may include: teaching & education, youth work, community services, outdoor education, business & leadership, health.
Teachers, outdoor educationalists, youth workers, and aspiring leaders from a variety of disciplines with Scouting experience step into the workforce ready to plan and deliver programs, manage large numbers of children and adults in a variety of settings, deal with parents and other adults and have experience in planning and running events, excursions and camps. Scouting leads the way in non-formal education programs and building resilience in youth.
Scouts Victoria currently offers pre-service teachers the opportunity to undertake an alternative professional education placement or fieldwork placement, otherwise known as the Quality Teacher Program. Pre-service teachers undertake some of their placement in a Scout Group as a supplement to school placement. Participants are given the chance to work with a group of youth members in an applied learning environment, prepare lesson sequences, and develop personal leadership skills. The program introduces them to the Scouting method of ‘learning by doing’ as another possible teaching method - making learning fun.
Running a Scout Group is like running a business. In addition to leadership development, there are multiple opportunities to gain skills in management, finance/accounting, marketing and communications, public relations and community development, human resources/culture & personnel, events/fundraising, general, facilities management and general administration.
The program offers three kinds of placement options: full placement, fieldwork placement, and special projects. Students take up a placement in a Scout Group as an Assistant Leader for an entire year, or as an Adult Helper or Office Bearer for a shorter fieldwork placement. Special projects are also available to gain specific experience and skills development.
Students that complete the Leader training may be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Business or Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. There is no cost for this training to Leaders in Scouting.