Get Back in the Game

The Get Back in the Game program supports disengaged young people, aged 15 to 19 years.

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The Get Back in the Game program is available for two cohorts of young people under different titles. Back in the Game, supports young people at school in need of support to remain engaged at school or transition to employment or training. Get in the Game, supports young people disengaged from all employment, education and training.

The Get Back in the Game program funds local community organisations to case-manage transitions of disengaged young people into education, training and employment, and to broker support services such as housing and health which may be essential to successful transitions.

Get Back in the Game program eligibility

Get in the Game

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

Participants must:

  • be 15-19 years old
  • be a resident in the Service Area
  • no longer be at school
    • not enrolled in any school; or
    • with a 100-day attendance exemption in place at the time of enrolment; or
    • who have had NO attendance at school in the 3 months prior to enrolment;
  • not be enrolled in any post-school education or training
  • not be working more than 8 hours per week; 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

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

Participants must:

  • 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.

Participating Service Providers

The following service providers are currently offering young people access to career mentoring, planning and brokerage of pathways to training and employment (including apprenticeships and traineeships) through the Get Back in the Game program.

Capital and South Coast

Local provider: Enterprise Plus
Offices in: Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Moss Vale and Wollongong
SA4 region: Capital, Illawarra, Southern and Shoalhaven
Program Manager: Anja Livingston
Contact Email: GBIG@enterpriseplus.org.au
Contact Phone: 02 6297 3121
Website: www.enterpriseplus.org.au/
Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

Central West

Local provider: Skillset
Offices in: Bathurst, Mudgee, Orange and Dubbo
SA4 region: Central West
Program Manager: Alex Cuttiford
Contact Email: youthconnect@skillset.com.au
Contact Phone: 02 6330 1400
Website: skillset.com.au/employment-career-development/youth-career-counselling/
Delivering: Get in the Game only

Mid North Coast and Coffs Harbour

Local provider: Mid Coast Connect
Offices in: Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Taree and Coffs Harbour
SA4 region: Mid North Coast
Program Manager: Jenny Fraser
Contact Email: pathways@midcoastconnect.com.au
Contact Phone: 02 6583 5910
Website: midcoastconnect.com.au/
Delivering: Get in the Game only

Newcastle and surrounds

Local provider: Novaskill
Offices in: Broadmeadow, Tuggerah, Singleton
SA4 region: Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley exc Newcastle, Central Coast
Program Manager: Andrew Richardson
Contact Email: GBIG@novaskill.com.au
Contact Phone: 02 4906 6700
Website: novaskill.com.au/get-back-in-the-game/
Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

New England and North West

Local provider: Careers Network
Offices in: Tamworth, Armidale, Moree, Inverell and Narrabri
SA4 region: New England and North West
Program Manager: Debbie Taekata
Contact Email: info@careersnetwork.org.au
Contact Phone: 02 6763 4800
Website: www.careersnetwork.org.au/
Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

Richmond-Tweed and Grafton

Local provider: Connect Northern Rivers
Offices in: Lismore, Grafton and Tweed Heads
SA4 region: Richmond-Tweed
Program Manager: Margaret Hughes
Contact Email: info@connectnr.com
Contact Phone: 1300 183 352
Website: www.connectnr.com/work-it-out/
Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

Western and South Western Sydney

Local provider: Yourtown
Offices in: St Marys and Campbelltown
SA4 region: Sydney – Parramatta, Sydney – Blacktown, Sydney – South West
Program Manager: Sue Watson
Contact Email: getbackinthegame@yourtown.com.au
Contact Phone: 0402 965 622
Website: www.yourtown.com.au/employment
Delivering: Get in the Game and Back in the Game

Support and contact

For any questions about the Get Back in the Game program for your local region, please contact your local service provider.

For any Department-level enquiries about the Get Back in the Game program, please contact: GBIG@det.nsw.edu.au

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