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Reconnect Skills First

Sometimes people need extra support and assistance to get back on the track to success. The Victorian Government's Reconnect Skills First program is available at Chisholm and provides a range of support services to help people re-engage in education and training, and employment.

How does it work?

The program provides up to 18 months' extra support to assist high-needs learners in the local community to start and stay in education. As well as help with literacy and numeracy and study skills, the program provides specialist support services in health, personal relationships, mentoring and accommodation.

As the first step, Chisholm Pathway and Outreach Officers assess the learning and non-learning needs of a participant and identify career goals to develop an agreed learning plan. 

They can also provide support through:

  • outreach and referral
  • intake and assessment
  • developing pathway plans
  • transitioning to employment and training
  • covering the costs of any material fees for courses.

Who is eligible for the program?

High-needs learners who are not enrolled in school or employed full time and are:

  • 17 - 19 years of age who have not achieved Year 12 or equivalent, or
  • 20 - 64 years of age who are long-term unemployed, without Year 12 or equivalent.

Where can I access the program?

  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Frankston
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Mornington Peninsula

Contact us

To enquire or register in the program call 1300 517 459 or email