Skills Reconnect Program

Skills Reconnect is an initiative spearheaded by the Victorian Government to tackle Victoria’s combined unemployment levels and skills shortages. This program is designed to offer education as a means of breaking the cycle of long term unemployment. It also gives young Victorians who may have fallen through the cracks in mainstream education a second chance to obtain a qualification. Participants in the program will be linked with a coach who will assist them with creating an individualised learning plan, and then helping them with the transition back to education. Participants are offered the support they need to successfully participate in education, training and employment.

This program provides participants with a broad range of pathway options including completing accredited vocational training courses.

The Skills Reconnect program utilises a holistic case management framework which aims to engage learners with high needs. In order to assist them with reconnecting or re-engaging, in training or the workforce, this program will:

  • acknowledge and address the participants challenges and barriers like medical conditions, mental health issues, homelessness etc.
  • identify and highlight the participants’ existing skill level, long term and short-term goals as well as areas of potential skills improvement
  • build strong support systems for the participants by referring and linking them to support agencies and training organizations according to their needs
  • provide support on an individual level to enrol in further training easily

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Skills Reconnect program clients must fit the following criteria:

  • Young people aged 17-19 years old who are disengaged early school leavers, who have not achieved Year 12 or equivalent or
  • Individuals aged 20-64 who have been unemployed for more than 12 months and who have not attained Year 12 or equivalent

We currently have capacity to commence working with eligible participants straight away.

Our Partners

The Skills Reconnect Program is a fantastic opportunity for us to work collaboratively with other organizations to achieve the best possible outcome for people who have experienced disadvantage.

We are working together with our partners to deliver the Skills Reconnect program in several regions.

commUnity+ delivers Reconnect in In the Melton, Brimbank (apart from Sunshine) and Braybrook, and our delivery partner in the West is WCIG(Westgate Community Initiatives Group).

We also deliver in Hume, where our partners are Djerriwarrh Community & Education ServicesYarraville Community Centre and Williamstown Community and Education Centre.

If you would like more information on Skills Reconnect or would like to refer a client please call us on

1800 266 675.