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Reconnect Program

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The Skills First Reconnect program is designed to help people turn their life around for the better and to assist them into training and employment. Teaming up with a mentor, you are assisted with developing a plan to help you reach your goals, gain motivation and possibly enrol into study and find employment. 


What do we do to help?

  • Work closely with you to determine your goals whilst looking at your strengths and interests
  • Help you develop a plan to overcome barriers you face and deal with whatever it is that's holding you back
  • Provide individual help and ongoing support to assist you to achieve your goals and problem solve if issues arise
  • Help you if you are struggling with confidence to take the first step
  • Access extra support that you may require, including careers counselling, job seeking services, reading and writing skills
  • Assistance with paying training fees for approved courses.

Get one-on-one support. Get some training. Get a job!


You are eligible for the program if you are one of the following groups:

Young People:

  • Young people aged between 17-19 years
  • Not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week)

Mature Participants:

  • Mature aged people between 20-64 years
  • Unemployed for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week)
  • Not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week)

Young People Impacted by the Justice System:

  • Young people aged between 17-24 years
  • Who have been, or are currently on, Youth Justice Orders

Asylum Seekers:

  • Aged between 17-64 years
  • A person without citizenship but holds a valid:
    - Bridging Visa Class E (BVE)
    - Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV); or
    - Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)

Out of Home Care:

  • Aged 17-64
  • A person that has a current or previous experience with Child Protection

Who do we help?

  • Parents returning to work
  • Unemployed (you do not need to be on Centrelink payments)
  • People who feel isolated in their community
  • Career changers
  • Young people
  • People returning to work after a long absence, for example after an injury; illness; carer responsibilities
  • People escaping domestic violence
  • Indigenous Australians
  • People with low literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills
  • New immigrants
  • Highly marginalised groups including those experiencing addiction or homelessness
  • People with a disability
  • Young people impacted by the Justice System
  • Asylum Seekers

Anyone lacking the confidence to make a new start.

Where do I find Reconnect?

We provide assistance in Wodonga, Towong, Indigo and Alpine Shires. 

Will this program cost me anything?

No. This program is a free service.

Contact us!

Contact our friendly Pathways Officers and find out your options today!
P: Robyn: 0409 637 613  /  Trish: 0418 965 725



Still got questions?
1300 698 233