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 participant's 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:

  • Individuals aged between 20-64 who have not completed year 12 or equivalent and who are long-term unemployed.
  • Learners aged 17-19 years of age and who have not completed year 12 or equivalent and are not in education.
  • Live or plan to study in the Hume region.

We currently have the 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.

commUnity+ delivers Reconnect in Hume with our delivery partners, Djerriwarrh Community & Education Services and Yarraville Community Centre.

If you would like more information on Skills Reconnect or would like to refer a client please contact Sandra Sandra, Skills Reconnect Coach and Project Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0407 944 740.