Smart Skilled and Hired

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment Program helps young people 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.

How to Access/Eligibility

If you’re a young person recently out of school or unemployed, we can help you get a job! To be eligible to register for the Smart, Skilled & Hired Youth Employment Program you must:  

  • be out of work, or working part time, or working casual hours  
  • 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 or a New Zealand citizen.

How We Help

We offer tailored one on one support to get you job ready. We can help you

  • develop practical skills to get a job  
  • get involved in further education or training
  • find and participate in work experience, internships and volunteer opportunities
  • connect with job opportunities in your local area  

Why CHESS Connect?

For over 20 years CHESS Connect have been supporting local jobseekers into work. We are the regional specialists in disability employment, with strong connections with community and industry. Our staff are committed to supporting your goals in achieving sustainable and fulfilling employment.

The Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment is delivered in partnership with our Network Partner CoAct Employment.