In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IllawarraYES is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of program participants by following current NSW government guidelines. For further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact our program coordinator on 0408 937 070.

Get Involved

Are you aged 15-24 and looking for an exciting start to a career, close to home, in one of the Illawarra’s growth sectors?

Do you know a young person who needs a great way to begin their career, supported by some of our best employers and a team of training professionals? 

If you would like more information or are interested in being involved in the IllawarraYES program, please complete your details below and we will contact you as soon as possible.

About IllawarraYES

Since 2016, the IllawarraYES Coordinator, appointed by Business Illawarra and funded by the NSW Government has been working with local employers, youth organisations, government, and Registered Training Organisations to meet business skill shortages while providing real work opportunities for young people.

The IllawarraYES program focuses on building entry level employment pathways for young people, comprised of vocational training, employability skills and work experience as well as on-the-job mentoring and support.

The IllawarraYES program also assists business to meet identified skill shortages.  It seeks to prepare, skill and trial young job seekers prior to employment, by coordinating government funded training and job readiness programs including work experience, tailored to business and industry requirements.

The IllawarraYES Coordinator partners with local business and industry to achieve successful training and employment outcomes across Local Government, Construction, Hospitality, Aged Care, Call Centre and Transport sectors, supporting skills shortage and key growth areas.


SCA and IllawarraYES will be delivering a 5-week program open to participants aged 16-24, who will achieve a Statement of Attainment in Hairdressing.

The course material is delivered via face-to-face teaching, demonstration, and practical application. All learning resource material, a uniform and bag are provided. 

This exciting program will start in January 2022, so send an expression of interest to secure your spot now!


IllawarraYES will be delivering a short 2-week Hospitality program in both Wollongong and Nowra, commencing February 2022.

Participants will receive a Statement of Attainment in Hospitality, and units will cover:

  • Interacting with Customers
  • Serving Espresso Coffee
  • Showing Social and Cultural Sensitivity
  • Food Safety

Productivity Bootcamp

Learn skills in construction, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, formwork, concreting, landscaping and more!

Productivity Bootcamp will be delivering an 8-week program giving participants the skills they need to secure an apprenticeship in 2022.

The program will start on 24 January, so send an expression of interest to secure your spot now. Give your career a kickstart with pathways to employment. 

Transport & Logistics Program

Kickstart your career in the Transport and Logistics industry, with a new and exciting program program delivered by J2S Training Solutions and Onsite Training and Assessment in early 2022. Units will cover:

  • Use info technology devices in the workplace
  • Complete receival and despatch documentation
  • Organise receival and despatch operations
  • Participate in basic workplace communication
  • Licence to operate a forklift (18+)
  • MR Licence (Must hold P2 drivers licence)

Short Courses

This summer many employers will need summer staff to cope with the huge demand of jobs across a variety of industries. 

A range of industry-aligned short courses will be offered for young and indigenous people wanting to learn new skills, including courses in:

  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Community Services
  • Sport & Recreation
  • IT/Digital

How It Works

  1. The IllawarraYES Coordinator consults with local business, government and industry to determine which current, future or ongoing vacancies may be suitable for entry level youth employment.

  2. Liaise with a network of local employment providers to identify and recruit young people to match to employment opportunities.

  3. Partner with Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to deliver Smart and Skilled funded vocational training to young people, aligned to specific business and industry training needs.

  4. Coordinate work experience, internships and work trial opportunities, providing young people with hands on experience in the workplace while allowing the employer to trial candidates prior to employment.

  5. Assist with employment options and incentives, including access to youth wage subsidies for casual, part-time or full-time work, and/or referrals to Apprenticeships Australia.


The IllawarraYES program assists local businesses to meet identified skills shortages.  This is achieved by preparing, trialling and potentially employing young people (15-24 years) through the coordination of a range of government funded initiatives.

Youth Participants

The IllawarraYES program assists young people with entry level employment pathways comprising vocational training, employability skills and work experience to prepare them for future employment including apprenticeships and traineeships.

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