As part of the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training Navigator program, Ladder established three pilot programs in partnership with Berry Street to support students in Gippsland to reengage in school.

Following the success of our first two pilot programs (Morwell & Bass Coast/South Gippsland), the third and final program in Warragul celebrated graduation last week.

Over the course of the 6-week program, Ladder worked intensively with participants to identify challenges and barriers they believed had kept them from attending school. Primarily participants were supported in 1:1 and group settings. In addition to focusing on educational outcomes, the program supported participants to increase their health and wellbeing, independent living skills and community connections.

As part of Ladder’s Navigator Pilot Programs, young people participated in a range of Ladder Development Programs that resulted in participants:


• Experiencing reduced anxiety

• Identifying their unique skills and talents

• Understanding and implementing nutrition and sleep hygiene

• Understanding effective ways to communicate with peers and adults

• Implementing S.M.A.R.T goals into their daily lives.

We would like to congratulate all the participants who successfully completed the program and wish them well for their education journeys. We would also like to thank The Department of Education and Training and Berry Street for implementing three successful Navigator programs together in the Gippsland region.

We will be publishing the full evaluation report of the three Navigator Pilot programs in the coming weeks.