Open to young people (15-24) in the Central Coast and Hunter regions of New South Wales, the Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program is a new initiative 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.
Information for Young People
“We know there are lots of reasons why it can be hard for young people to get a job. Smart, Skilled and Hired can help you build important skills, and experience, making it easier to find work.”
Through 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.
To be eligible to participate in the Smart, Skilled and Hired 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
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.
If you are aged 15-24 and looking for work in the Hunter or Central Coast region of NSW, please use the form below to register your interest in the ‘Smart, Skilled and Hired’ program
Information for Businesses
By participating in the Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program your business will play an active role in improving the long-term job and socio-economic prospects for the next generation of Australians in your local community.
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, as well as ongoing support from the NSW Department of Industry for the first six months of employment.
How will the ‘Smart, Skilled and Hired program’ help my business?
Understanding the needs of local business
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.
Register Your Business
If you own, operate or manage a business in the Hunter or Central Coast regions of NSW, and are interested in participating in the ‘Smart, Skilled and Hired’ Youth Employment program, please complete the form below.
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