This policy supports implementation of the Career Start program.
Career Start supports first-year graduate teachers to successfully transition into the classroom. This includes:
- a reduction in face-to-face teaching
- time with a dedicated mentor to accelerate the development of their teaching practice
- networking opportunities with other graduates via a local learning alliance
- professional learning designed to develop their professional identity, wellbeing and orientation.
Career Start mentor teachers are also supported via:
- time release to engage in extended practice-focused mentoring with their graduates
- one-on-one support from learning alliance leaders to build their mentoring skills.
Career Start is a structured program for graduate teachers which aims to improve their experience as they are inducted into the profession. Career Start provides time release, mentoring, professional development opportunities and a range of additional supports to graduate teachers and their mentors to accelerate the development of graduate teachers’ professional practice and support their wellbeing.
Following a successful 3-year pilot in primary and special schools in 3 areas, Career Start will expand in 2024 to support eligible graduate teachers in every Victorian government school (including secondary schools) in:
- inner Gippsland
- north eastern Melbourne
- outer eastern Melbourne
- southern Melbourne
- western Melbourne.
In 2025, Career Start will expand to an additional 8 areas – Hume Merri-bek, Brimbank Melton, Goulburn, Ovens-Murray, Mallee, Outer Gippsland, Barwon, and Central Highlands.
The department will utilise eduPay data to identify eligible graduate teachers.
Graduate teachers will participate in the Career Start program in 2024 if they:
- commenced their first period of employment within the Victorian government school system on or after 1 July 2023
- are employed at the classification of Classroom Teacher Range 1-1 (CT1-1) at a Victorian government school within the participating areas, as outlined above.
Reviewed 13 November 2023