With specialised support from CoAct Service Partner, Uniting Kempsey, through the Smart, Skilled and Hired Program, young mum Skye has been able to fulfil her goal of gaining employment in business administration.


Skye finds success with the help of CoAct Service Partner, Uniting Kempsey.

As an Indigenous person with three young kids and not much family support, Skye had found it hard to find opportunities. But Uniting Smart Skilled and Hired case worker, Cheree Byrne says she immediately saw Skye’s courage and felt sure they could get her on the right path.


“The Smart, Skilled and Hired team at Uniting Kempsey worked closely with Skye to provide the support she needed to reach her goals,” she said. “By providing Skye with work experience opportunities, helping her with her resume, and providing funding so that she could complete a first aid course, the team helped Skye gain the confidence she needed to flourish.”


Skye says that she is grateful for the help she received from Uniting Kempsey. With some counselling and the opportunity for training and development, Skye has been able to secure a business administration traineeship with Booroongen Djugen and is looking forward to the next phase of her life.


“I am very appreciative of all the support, assistance and opportunities that I have been given through Uniting.”

– Skye Lawrence


Smart Skilled and Hired

The Smart, Skilled and Hired program is a youth employment program for job seekers aged between 15-24 years old and is designed to provide dedicated support that will connect young Australians directly with new jobs or education opportunities. The program provides pre-employment training opportunities, counselling and specialised support that assists young people develop the practical skills required to get a job.

Are you aged 15-24 and struggling to find work? The Smart, Skilled and Hired program might be a great fit for you.

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