Young Leaders Camp

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Young Leaders Camp 2018-09-18T09:16:31+00:00

Shape the future of professional, technical education and training with other young leaders from around the globe. Be the future.

The Young Leaders Camp of the 2018 Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics is a residential retreat for identified young leaders from member colleges of the federation, and all other interested nations.

The camp starts at midday on Sunday 7 October and concludes at 1.00pm on Thursday 11 October 2018 in Melbourne Australia.

The camp includes accredited leadership training and development which can be presented to future employers as evidence of a global perspective. Young leaders will also hear from key note speakers from the WFCP Congress and debate the issues central to young people succeeding in life, regardless of their circumstances. The WFCP endorsed young leaders will present their findings and priorities for action to the broader Congress audience.

But most of all, WFCP young leaders will make new friendships and enduring networks across the world.

Young Leaders Camp Objectives

The Young Leaders Camp aims to:

  • Engage professional and technical education students in relevant discussions and debates on the position and role of students in professional and technical education globally
  • Understand the way that students will engage in the rapidly changing world of work
  • Embed the voice of students in the World Congress
  • Enable professional and technical students to make connections with other students from across the globe and experience other cultures.


The Young Leaders Camp is limited to 55 participants.

Young Leaders Camp participants need to:

  • Be enrolled in, or completed in the twelve months prior to the retreat post school professional or technical qualification from any discipline area
  • Have displayed commitment to the skills they are acquiring through their qualification
  • Be sponsored by their home association or institute (see further information on sponsoring organisations below)
  • Able to communicate effectively in English
  • Be over 18 years of age with a general upper age limit of 30 years.

Students aged under 18 years of age are strictly not eligible. Interested applicants over 30 are invited to express their interest through the registration form.

The WFCP aims for a diverse range of participants from various backgrounds, which includes a balance across gender and nationalities.  The Young Leaders Camp also welcomes students with disabilities.

If you have concerns about eligibility criteria, please contact us here.

The Program

The camp is residential and located in Lilydale, close to Melbourne but with access to the Australian bush.

The program includes:

  • Accredited leadership development training, including a unit from the GLS-110 Global Leadership qualification, developed by Kirkwood Community College in the US.  Participants will be awarded a WFCP leadership certificate including details of the unit of study, which may be formally recognised by participants’ home institutes
  • Motivational and inspiring speakers who will address leadership principles and issues facing young people finding their way through education and into a fulfilling career
  • Visits to a leading professional and technical education institute
  • Developing a statement of global significance on professional, technical education and training for young people, delivered to the WFCP Congress during the closing ceremony.
  • Plenty of social and Aussie cultural experiences.

Venue and Accommodation

The Young Leaders Camp will be hosted by one of Australia’s largest TAFE institutes, Box Hill Institute.

Box Hill Institute is highly experienced in providing mobility experiences for international technical education and training students. They work in collaboration with affiliates of the Global Education Network from the US, Canada and Singapore.

The camp will take place at Box Hill’s Lilydale Campus, which is located around 50 minutes drive from the Congress venue.

This campus, which has strong ties to industry and employers, offers a range of courses such as early childhood, biosecurity, veterinary and animal studies, horticulture and conservation and land sciences.  Camp participants will be able to see a range of programs on offer during their time at Lilydale.

Accommodation for the Young Leaders Camp will be at Lakeside Villas, which is located within the Lilydale Campus.

Participants for the Young Leaders Camp will be housed within standalone villas, which include:

  • Four bedrooms, each with an ensuite
  • Communal lounge with television
  • Kitchenette with fridge, microwave and electric kettle
  • Dining table with seating for four
  • Split system air conditioning.

The villas overlook the serene Lilydale Lake.  The lake is home to a wide variety of local native wildlife and birdlife and features a 2.5km walking track around the lake and 10 kilometres of trails throughout the 28 hectare lake park, perfect for walking.

Nominating to Participate

Participants are expected to be nominated and supported by their home college, institute or peak association.

WFCP members will promote the nomination process.

WFCP anticipates that the nominating organisation (such as college, institute of association) would provide financial support for the participant.

If you are interested in participating, please ask staff in your college or institute for further information.

If you are not sure who to contact enquire at and you will be directed to the right contact.

Nominees who are in a position to self-fund attendance at the camp please indicate this on the registration form.


The cost of the Young Leaders Camp is AUD $1,250AUD which covers:

  • Four nights of accommodation in the Lakeside Villas arriving on Sunday 7 October 2018 and departing on Thursday 11 October 2018
  • All meals, including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, commencing with lunch on Sunday 7 October 2018. Dietary requirements will be accommodated and need to be included on the registration form.
  • All program and conference costs.

Early arrivals on Saturday can be accommodated at an extra cost of $135 per person, including accommodation on Saturday 6 October and breakfast on Sunday 7 October.

The following expenses will need to be met by participants and/or their supporting organisations:

  • Return flights from home location to Melbourne, Australia
  • Transport to and from the airport in the home location
  • Costs associated with obtaining visas and a valid passport for Australia
  • Travel or health insurance
  • Extra activities or accommodation in Melbourne at the beginning or end of the retreat
  • Personal spending on cultural excursions and other personal expenses.

Other Information

For those participants who may need to be accompanied to the camp, there will be a limited amount of room available for chaperones, noting that chaperones would need to pay for the cost of accommodation and meals.

Transport to the Lilydale Campus will be arranged at the beginning and end of the camp and will be confirmed once more details of arrivals are known. Box Hill Institute will provide staff oversight at the facility at all times, noting that participants are young adults.

Participants will need to agree to a code of conduct prior to participating.

There may be short pre-reading for the retreat but there is no other preparation required.

Personal travel insurance is required prior to travelling to Australia.

The retreat language will be English only and no translation will be provided.

Information on the Youth Leaders Camp will be updated from time to time.


Young Leaders Camp participants are able to register now, click here.