English for Youth

The AMES Australia Youth 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 Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). To find out if you are eligible for the AMES Australia Youth Program, 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 Youth 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 Youth 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 Youth 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 Youth Programs are supported by the Engage! Program which is funded by DHS. Other key partners include Foundation House, CMY, La Mama, Spirit West and Big West.

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

Services and Support

Our AMEP Youth 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.