Smart, Skilled and Hired | Employment Plus

Smart, Skilled and Hired

Monday July 24th 2017

About The Program

Open to young people (15-24) in the Central Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales, Smart, Skilled and Hired is a new program designed to help young job seekers to enter the workforce

Through Smart, Skilled and Hired, young people can become work ready or kickstart a fulfilling career by connecting to training, mentoring, work experience placements, and other support to build their skills and experience.

In addition, by participating in the program, local businesses that provide opportunities for young people will benefit from access to job-ready employees with the skills and training they need for their businesses.

The program will be open to young people (15 to 24 years) and businesses in the Central Coast and Hunter regions.

Information For Young People

How the Smart, Skilled and Hired Program can help you

We know there are lots of reasons why it can be hard for young people to get a job, including not having qualifications or certificates, not having access to transport to get to work, mental health or drug problems, or not having somewhere safe to live. Smart, Skilled and Hired can help you build important skills, and experience, making it easier to find work.


To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • be out of work, or working part time, or working casual hours (less than 28 hours a week) and needing to get more hours or more stable work
  • be aged between 15 and 24 at the time you register
  • have either finished Year 10 or have turned 17 years old
  • not be registered with Commonwealth employment programs like jobactive, Transition to Work or PaTH, unless you need support with things like mental health, housing, drug problems or transport to help you get a job
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder (including refugee and humanitarian visa categories) or a New Zealand citizen.

How to apply

To register for this program, contact your local Employment Plus office, or register your interest using the form at the bottom of this page

Information For Employers

Looking for staff?

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program will assist young people to overcome barriers to employment and gain skills and experience that will improve their long-term job prospects.

Service providers will work closely with local employers to understand what employment opportunities and skills gaps exist, ensuring young people who participate in the program are job ready with the right skills, and will be supported through the first six months of their employment.

Register your interest

Employers who are interested in providing employment opportunities to young people are encouraged to register their interest with their local Employment Plus office, or by completing the form at the bottom of this page.



Interested in Smart, Skilled and Hired?

Use the form below to register your interest in the Smart, Skilled and Hired program.

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^Hunter and Central Coast Region Only

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