I want to re-train or upskill

If you’ve been working in the same job or industry and are now looking to gain new skills to transition into new employment, we recommending first checking out which jobs are in demand and training pathways in the Cessnock and Hunter region.

The government also has many initiatives to help you retrain or upskill. We have listed the most important ones below.

Get the competitive edge in your local labour market

If you’re 45 years of age or older and want to explore a new career path, gain new skills or find what opportunities are available in your local labour market, the Career Transition Assistance program can help you tailor your applications and find your next job opportunity.

Career Transition Assistance is available nationally.

Career Transition Assistance

Financial assistance to re-skill or retrain to land your next job

If you’re between 45 and 70 years old and currently employed or have been unemployed for less than 3 months and you’re looking to update your skills, the Skills and Training Incentive can help you.

The Skills and Training Incentive, provides eligible older Australians with up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training to gain new skills.

Skills and Training Incentive

Get the experience and training you need to find a job

If you’re aged 17 to 24 and looking for work experience to improve your chances of getting a job, Youth Jobs PaTH can help.  You can gain the skills that employers are looking for and find the opportunities to show an employer how you can fit into their business. You will also get an extra $200 per fortnight on top of your income support payment when you enter a PaTH internship.

To be eligible to participate in Youth Jobs PaTH you must be registered with an employment services provider for 6 months or more, be between 17 and 24 years of age and be receiving an income support payment.

Youth Jobs PaTH

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Helping parents to plan and prepare to return to work

A ParentsNext provider can work with you to help you set education and employment goals, develop a pathway to achieve your goals and link you to services and activities in the local community.

To be eligible for ParentsNext you must have received Parenting Payments for the past 6 months, not be receiving employment earnings during that time, and have a child under 6 years.


Get job ready with pre-employment training

If you’re 15-24 years old and on income support, you may be eligible for Employability Skills Training. This training is designed to prepare you for employment by developing the skills that employers want.

There are different ‘blocks’ of courses available depending on your needs. Training Block 1 courses focus on improving your communication skills, teamwork, time management, problem solving and computer skills. Training Block 2 courses focus on advanced job searching skills, résumé development and interview skills.

You also have the opportunity to hear from employers and visit businesses to find out which industry is the right fit for you.

Discuss the training with your jobactive provider.

Employability Skills Training

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Looking for a job and need help to improve your English, reading, writing or mathematics skills?

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program provides language, literacy and numeracy training of up to 650 hours to eligible job seekers, to help them to participate more effectively in training or in the labour force.

The program caters for job seeker groups with literacy and/or numeracy training needs including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, youth, people with disabilities, mature aged people, and job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Skills for Education and Training (SEE) Program


Information courtesy of the Australian Government’s Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

The Cessnock City jobs portal has been jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Cessnock City Council.