About the program
Smart, Skilled and Hired is a new program designed to help young people and local businesses in NSW
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.
Register your interest in the Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program
If you are aged 15-24 and looking for work, or you own or operate a business, in the Hunter or Central Coast region of NSW, we encourage you to register your interest in participating in this exciting new youth employment program
By participating in the Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program young job seekers can access training, mentoring, work experience placements, and other support to build their skills and experience, helping to improve their ability to find ongoing work.
Please complete the form below to register your interest in the Smart, Skilled and Hired program.
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.
Information For Employers
Understanding the needs of businesses in local communities
To deliver this program, Employment Plus intends to work closely with local employers in the Hunter and Central Coast regions of New South Wales, listening to their needs in order to understand what employment opportunities and skills gaps exist within the local community.
Find skilled and motivated staff
Every business needs skilled, well-trained and motivated staff.
By participating in the program, businesses can find job-ready employees, while giving young Australians an opportunity to enter the workforce.
In exchange, Employment Plus and the New South Wales Department of Industry will provide support to the employee, as well as you, the employer, for the first six months of employment.