LinkUp provides an alternative educational setting for students who have become disengaged with learning or do not cope with traditional mainstream schooling. It has an enrolment of approximately 180 students and has been highly successful in connecting at risk young people to learning through its sub-programs. The program has grown directly from the Youth Option Guarantee which ensures all young people have access to learning.

The LinkUp campus is extensive and delivers sub-programs such as: Young Parents, First Links (young disengaged youth), Linking-In (first stage of relationship development), Karrung (consortium run supported youth accommodation) and pre-VCE/VCE programs.

The largest program operates out of the Ballarat Learning Exchange building in Camp Street, Ballarat, which provides office and staff facilities as well as numerous classrooms. The Young Parents Program is located at the Delacombe Education and Learning Centre in Leawarra Crescent, Delacombe. The First Links program utilises a 10 acre property in Dysons Drive, Alfredton for its excursion based agricultural and learning centre.

LinkUp’s curriculum and processes assist all students to develop their individual learning plans with an emphasis on enhancing skills in literacy and numeracy. The opportunity for students to study in a variety of traditional and non-traditional subjects is also provided. Students are encouraged to participate in programs that cater for their strengths and interests.

The guiding principle of developing and growing strong and lasting relationships with students has remained a cornerstone for success at LinkUp. The staffing formula has a strong emphasis on the student's needs and ways of addressing barriers to learning. A dedicated wellbeing team, consisting of a youth counsellor and youth workers is available to assist students achieve their desired pathways.

LinkUp works in collaboration with agencies both within and outside the DEECD in addressing the complex nature of the barriers to learning faced by students. All sub-programs are based on an holistic "whole of community" approach which firstly addresses issues of safety and wellbeing so that subsequent learning can take place.

28th of July 2017. Ballarat Secondary College.