Reconnect Programs at K.Y.M.

Reconnect Engagement and Learning Support (REALS) Grants Program is part of the Victorian Government’s Back to Work scheme.   The Scheme is designed to help get young unemployed people, retrenched workers, out-of-trade apprentices and people looking for work longer than 12 months back to work.

Vulnerable young people who leave school early often face multiple barriers in remaining in training and transitioning to the workforce or further training, and are at risk of remaining disengaged unless they can access targeted services that successfully support them back into education, training or employment.

Reconnect seeks to reverse this trend through targeted interventions that will re-connect young people with education and the workplace and support them on a pathway to training and employment.

The Reconnect program will fund the provision of a range of supports for early school leavers that are designed to sustain their engagement with learning and work and build the resilience and capacity necessary to successfully transition into formal learning and employment.


To View Flyer (ages 15 – 24):  Reconnect 2017 Flyer  

Eligible Students:

 The following young people will be eligible for the Reconnect program:

    • Young people from 15-24 who are disengaged early school leavers who have not reached Year 12
    • Long-term unemployed 20 to 24 year olds who have completed Year 12

Reconnect is a Cased Managed Program and delivered across the Eastern Metropolitan Regions of Knox and Maroondah


Skills First Reconnect Program aims to provide disengaged high needs learners with supports that will help reduce the barriers they face to participating and succeeding in training and the workforce.

Skills First Reconnect program participants are expected to be experiencing acute levels of need requiring intensive wrap around supports to assist them to engage with and succeed in education and training.

K.Y.M. (Victoria) Inc. will assess the learning and non-learning needs of Reconnect participants to develop a Learning and Support plan. We’ll support learners complete an accredited course and use work placements to increase employability – we’re focused on helping learners transition to further training or employment.

Funding for the Skills First Reconnect grant program is being provided by the Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training.

K.Y.M. (Victoria) Inc. is working in cooperation with other Registered Training Organisation’s to provide Reconnect participants with the supports they need to successfully participate in education, training and employment.

To View Flyer (ages 17 – 64):  Skills First Reconnect Program Flyer

Eligibility Criteria

Skills First Reconnect Program is focused on supporting disengaged high needs learners who are:

  • Young people aged 17 – 19 who are disengaged early school leavers, not currently enrolled in school or any education and training program and/or full-time employment
  • Long term unemployed people aged 20 – 64 without Year 12 or equivalent attainment

K.Y.M. (Victoria) Inc. is one of 26 Registered Training Organisation’s that is receiving funding to provide Reconnect services to high needs learners in the local government areas of Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges.

For further information please contact :

  • Annette Hunkin on 03 9722 5777 or email
  • Indi Mills on 03 9722 5777 or email