On the 8th of January 2018, NSW Minister for Western Sydney the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP officially opened our new Smart, Skilled & Hired (SS&H) employment service. Both young people involved in the program and their job coaches took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP. The launch took place in our newly renovated SIP shop in Penrith, one of three sites that help young people get full-time work through personal coaching.

After busily finishing the refurbishments on the shop last week, we’re excited to have had the Minister come and help us make it official! He was excited to share that “good things are happening in this part of the world” and “programs like yours will help young people make the transition, while on our side we’re driving growth and development to create more jobs.“

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The Smart, Skilled and Hired – Youth Employment Program is a $65 million NSW Government Program to address youth unemployment by assisting young people (15 to 24 years) to help them overcome employment barriers, and get them into sustainable jobs. This includes assisting them in overcoming a variety of difficulties such as mental health or transport; as well as helping them in gaining skills and experience that will improve their long-term job and living standard prospects.

SS&H was created by the NSW Government to fill the gap for many young people outside of benefits, struggling to get a job or get enough hours, due to a variety of issues. The NSW Government saw a unique opportunity to help bridge the gap between school and greater employment and assist young people in getting the skills to build their own sustainable future.

This service is perfect for school-leavers (even HSC graduates) who just need a helping hand to get into the full-time workforce – and it’s all completely free!

As a part of the service we have three different sites where we facilitate training and coaching for young people, Penrith, Windsor and Springwood.

All sites are open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm and walk-ins to the service are welcome!

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