English for Young Adults

The AMES Australia Young Adult Program offers courses and activities for new arrivals aged 16 to 25 years of age. This specially designed program will give you an opportunity to improve your English and assist you with settling into your new life in Australia.

All courses are full time and free if you are eligible for the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) or Skills First programs. To find out if you are eligible, telephone 13 AMES (13 26 37) or visit an AMES Australia site close to you, giving your visa number and personal details.

What will I learn?

By joining the AMES Australia Young Adult Program you will:

  • Learn English with other young people
  • Get help to settle into your new life in Australia
  • Practice skills that Australian employers want
  • Prepare yourself for study at a TAFE college
  • Study topics that interest young people
  • Improve your computer and internet skills
  • Meet young Australian people
  • Have fun!

The AMES Australia Young Adult Program includes classroom learning and a range of interesting projects done in a supportive group environment. There are also many other activities that are organised outside the classroom - in workplaces, in the community and other places of interest.

Special Programs and Activities

The AMES Australia Young Adult Program has set up a number of partnerships with local government and other agencies, artistic and sporting networks, employers and local community groups to provide a range of opportunities for you to meet other young people and get a better understanding of further study or work options in the future.

Many of the AMES Australia Young Adult Programs are supported by the Engage! Program which is funded by DHS. Other key partners include Foundation House, CMY and La Mama.

To view a complete list of all Special Young Adult Programs and Activities go to Youth Courses or speak to your AMES Australia Counsellor.

Services and Support

Our counsellors can show you how to take the next step to training, further study or employment.

The Special Preparatory Program (SPP) for eligible young people with interrupted schooling and from a refugee background entitles you to up to 400 hours of English tuition prior to the 510 hours provided by the AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program). More information on the SPP.

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

Join the AMES Australia Youth Council

The Youth Council of AMES Australia will be established to provide, amongst other things, substantial input into the Youth Participation Framework, act as a voice for our young clients, to assist in development of programs and policy and provide feedback on AMES Australia programs and activities.

For more information, download the flyer here.