Smart Skilled & Hired

Youth Employment Program

Helping young people gain the skills and experience to improve their long-term job prospects.

What is it?

A voluntary program to help young people overcome barriers to employment, and gain the skills and experience to improve their long-term job prospects and community involvement. This includes people in precarious employment due to reduced hours of work.

Who is it for?

Young people aged 15-24 in Western Sydney who are not in education, training or work, and are most at risk of long-term unemployment and those who are underemployed.

Get tailored assistance to help overcome any barriers and secure a job

Driven by the needs of young people, the Smart Skilled & Hired Youth Employment Program (YEP) is tailored specifically for participants in the St Marys, Mount Druitt, Blacktown and Campbelltown areas.

Providing young people with the support they need to find and keep a job or increase their hours of work, YEP tackles those issues preventing them from participating in work.

This includes practical support in the form of education, training and mentoring, to addressing barriers such as their health, stable accommodation and the need for suitable clothes, tools and equipment for work.

Our team will provide on-going practical support to both the young person, their employer and family to help them increase their working hours and stay in a job.

We’ll help young people through a range of ways, including:

  • support to address personal challenges and barriers to employment
  • support from mentors
  • practical assistance to obtain a driver’s licence or access to childcare
  • help with literacy and numeracy
  • accredited training to prepare for the workforce or complete further education
  • exploring career options and pathways
  • understanding workplace expectations and developing skills that employers want
  • practical training in how to search for jobs, prepare quality resumes and job applications
  • improving their presentation and interview skills
  • paid work and training in yourtown’s Social Enterprises
  • volunteering in local community projects and activities of interest
  • personal development activities to build confidence and self-esteem
  • finding suitable jobs 
  • working with existing employers to increase hours worked each week


To be eligible for YEP, young people need to:

  • be aged 15-24
  • have not been in regular employment for over 52 weeks
  • have not registered with a Commonwealth employment service, except in circumstances where complex/multiple barriers to engaging in work or education are present
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) or are Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder (including refugee and humanitarian visa categories) or New Zealand citizen. 

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