Back in the game

A referral service that provides specialist support to students to help them either re-engage with education, transition to vocational training or find employment.

The Back in the game initiative provides professional support and mentoring for young people aged 15-19 who are not engaged with their education. The initiative is designed to help students overcome any barriers to their learning and then either re-engage with school or transition successfully to training or employment.

Initiative activities include:

  • Professional mentoring and counselling
  • Tailored career guidance with an emphasis on mapping out the student’s re-engagement with school or their transition to training or employment
  • Assistance to overcome barriers to learning (e.g. assistance with obtaining ID, travel assistance, etc.)

For a young person to be eligible to participate in the Back in the game program, they must meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • be 15-19 years old;
  • be a student enrolled in, and referred by, one of the participating Educational Pathways Program schools; and
  • not be a current, active participant in any Commonwealth, NSW or any other program or service supporting youth transitions to work or study.

Back in the game initiative delivery partners by region

Local provider: Enterprise Plus

Offices in: Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Moss Vale and Wollongong

Regions: Capital, Illawarra, Southern and Shoalhaven

Program Manager: Anja Livingston

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 02 6297 3121


Referral form: Link

Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

Local provider: Novaskill

Offices in: Broadmeadow, Tuggerah, Singleton

Regions: Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley exc Newcastle, Central Coast

Program Manager: Andrew Richardson

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 02 4906 6700

Website: Link

Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

Local provider: Careers Network

Offices in: Tamworth, Armidale, Moree, Inverell and Narrabri

Region: New England and North West

Program Manager: Debbie Taekata

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 02 6763 4800

Local provider: Connect Northern Rivers

Offices in: Lismore, Grafton and Tweed Heads

Region: Richmond-Tweed

Program Manager: Margaret Hughes

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 1300 183 352

Local provider: Yourtown

Offices in: St Marys and Campbelltown

Regions: Sydney – Parramatta, Sydney – Blacktown, Sydney – South West

Program Manager: Sue Watson

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 0402 965 622

Website: Link

Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

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