The Skills First Reconnect Program is a Victorian Government initiative being delivered by TAFE Gippsland in partnership with Gippsland Employment Skills Training (GEST).
The Reconnect program strives to support Victorians experiencing disadvantage. The program assists participants to overcome the barriers preventing them from engaging in education and training and provides support into further study or employment pathways.
Skills First Reconnect provides an individualised service to each eligible participant to help them get back on track, build resilience and the capacity needed to successfully transition into formal learning and employment in a sustainable way.
Skills First Reconnect participants will be provided with wrap-around supports helping to identify future goals, steps to work towards them, addressing any challenges and skill gaps, whilst building resilience and confidence to chase their dreams.
Eligibility for the Program
- 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 - Aged between 20-64 years: Unemployed for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week) and not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
- YOUNG PEOPLE IMPACTED BY JUSTICE SYSTEM - Young people (17 to 24 years of age) who have been, or are currently on, Youth Justice Orders.
- ASYLUM SEEKSERS - A person without citizenship but holds a valid Bridging Visa Class E (BVE), Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV), or Temporary Protection Visa (TPV).
Intake for the 70 new places for the 2023 program has now commenced.
Funding for the Skills First Reconnect grant program is being provided by the Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training.