What is Reconnect Skills First?

The Reconnect Skills First Program provides wrap around support services to help participants re-engage in education, and addresses the barriers that may be holding them back from successfully transitioning into further training and employment.

The program is aimed at eligible 17-64 year old participants that have not completed year 12 or equivalent and are long term unemployed.  

How we work

Pathway and Outreach Officers assess the learning and non-learning needs of the participant and identify career goals to develop an agreed learning plan.  Based on students’ assessed levels of need, a range of pre-accredited programs, such as literacy and numeracy, study skills and other specialist support services such as health, personal and relationship supports will be available to achieve training outcomes.


Well-qualified and trained Pathway and Outreach Officers provide ongoing support to assist participants to start and stay in training.

Who is eligible for the program?

This program is aimed at high needs learners, who are not enrolled in school or employed full time and are:

  • Between 17 and 19 years of age who have not achieved year 12 or equivalent, or
  • Between 20 and 64 years of age who are long term unemployed, without year 12 or equivalent

Where we deliver

  • Cardinia (Emerald, Pakenham)
  • Casey (Berwick, Cranbourne, Narre Warren)
  • Frankston
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Mornington Peninsula (Hastings, Mornington, Rosebud)

Contact us

To enquire or register in the program call 9212 5161 or email reconnect@chisholm.edu.au