Your life experience

Everyone has something to offer, and everyone deserves a place in the workforce.

Whether you're just starting out, exploring your options or restarting your career journey, we can help! 

You bring your life experience, we'll help you turn it into a career!

Finding a job or getting into training can feel like an impossible task. You might not know where to start, and the whole process can feel a little daunting, but we can help point you in the right direction and give you the tools you need to get started. 

We take the time to understand your situation, and connect you with the right services to suit your needs. If you're looking for support more tailored to your individual needs, choose one of the links below. 

Job Reconnect

If you’re eligible for the Job Reconnect program you can get additional support to find the career you want. There are opportunities for free training, career advice and assistance finding a work placement to get you on the right path.

Job Reconnect is available to help you on your path to employment by removing barriers to entry. You can connect to training and jobs across a range of priority industries that your skills may be suited to including construction, hospitality and health.  

If eligible, the Job Reconnect program offers:

  • up to $1,500 in funding to cover work-related costs such as licenses, specific upskilling requirements, work clothing, transport and childcare prior to employment;
  • connection with Group Training Organisations to link you with employers and provide support along the way; and
  • incentives for organisations to offer you employment.

Contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for the Job Reconnect program?

To be eligible for the program you need to be a jobseeker who genuinely seeks employment, and has not been in paid employment in the last three months, and either:

  • 45 years of age or older; or
  • a person exiting the justice system
Do I receive the $1,500 in funding?

The funds are advanced to the Group Training Organisation (GTO) who organises and pays for services to help you become better skilled and job ready.

Can I approach a GTO directly?

Not all GTOs are funded in this program. You need to contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre who will refer you to a funded GTO.

What can the $1,500 be spent on?

This is not a complete list, possible work related expenses that could be funded may include:

  • White Card certificate
  • Working at Heights certificate
  • Construction plant operator training
  • PPE equipment
  • Drivers licence
  • Travel to training
  • Child care prior to employment
Do I have to enter into a traineeship or apprenticeship to be eligible?

No, you may be placed directly into employment or a traineeship or apprenticeship may be offered. The GTO will recommend the best option suited to your skills.

Are there any GTOs operating in the regions?

Yes, there are GTOs operating in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West, South West and Great Southern regions.

Two young female workers at a Jobs and Skills Centre

Jobs and Skills Centres

Located across Western Australia, Jobs and Skills Centres offer a range of free specialist services and support for training, careers and jobs.

Get free advice and opportunities for employment and training.



You never know what you can achieve... until you do.

Courtney Short
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
School-based apprenticeship

"Throughout high school I simply assumed that I would complete ATAR.
At the Year 10 information night, I heard about the success of a Year 12 student who was completing a school-based apprenticeship.
I was intrigued; could I really complete Year 12 and start my career as a chef?"

Eduardo Pena
Traineeship: Certificate III in Training and Logistics
(Warehousing and Storage)

"The traineeship course has brought me so many benefits, from improving my communication skills
and stretching my confidence, to having formal recognition of the new skills I have learnt. 

Kevin Wilson
Graphic designer, small business owner
WA Training Awards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student of the Year 2021

"Using what I’ve learnt at TAFE, I have built a design studio of 100% Aboriginal people.
I am showing the Perth community that we are strong, capable, creative, and deadly Aboriginal people who can do work that isn’t just art or paintings."

Free information, advice and support

If you're motivated to start, but need some friendly advice around training, career planning or your job search, reaching out to a Jobs and Skills Centre is the perfect next step.  You'll get free advice tailored to your own personal situation — without any judgement or obligation — your local JSC an support you to find a path into a career that's on your terms.

If you're not sure how to take the next step

Jobs and Skills Centres are located across Perth and throughout regional WA. And the best part is, all the services they offer are free! Follow the link below to find your nearest JSC and drop in, or call your local Jobs and Skills Centre for a chat.