Green Connect’s Youth Employment Program is a local solution to the Illawarra’s youth unemployment problem.

Are you a young person aged 15-24 years old?

Are you not at school or TAFE (or not enjoying it)?

Are you unemployed?


Do you have a couple of things making it hard for you to get work?

The Green Connect Youth Employment Program could be for you.

What is the Youth Employment program?

Green Connect’s youth employment program is a NSW Government funded program to help young people gain real job skills. It gives you the chance to:

  • meet new people, from a range of cultures and age groups
  • try new things, including farm work or working in our op shop
  • work outdoors if you like
  • get practical work skills
  • get real work experience, including paid work
  • be a part of a world-changing team


How to get involved

Step 1: Register your interest

Simply sign up here.

Step 2: Let us know a little more about you and your goals

We want the Youth Employment Program to work for you and your goals so we take some time to get to know you, where you would like to work and what you want to achieve.


Step 3: Work Experience (optional)

You don’t have to do work experience with us but a lot of young people like to. At Green Connect, you get to meet new people, try new things, learn new skills and make a few mistakes, and we will give you feedback on how you’re going and whether and when you are ready for paid work.

At the Farm

After a safety induction it’s time to get stuck into your experience. Your work experience may include:

  • working with the animals (chickens, sheep, pigs and goats)
  • planting seedlings
  • looking after the native plants on the farm
  • building fences and improving the farm
  • weed management

At the Op Shop

After a quick intro and safety briefing, it’s time to get stuck in. Your work experience might include:

  • sorting stock
  • customer service
  • merchandising and making the stock look great
  • retail sales skills
  • promotion

Step 4: Education (optional)

If you choose to, we can help you to get formal qualifications. We work with training organisations to help you get training outdoors and in friendly environments that help you to succeed.

Step 5: Paid Work

When you show us that you are ready, you will be offered paid work at the farm or in our zero waste team at events. All work is paid at Award wages meaning you will be getting work that is good for you, the community and the planet, and you’re being paid fairly for it.

If you do well in paid work within Green Connect, you can join our labour hire team where you can do lots of different work at different sites to see what the world of work is like in different industries and businesses. Everyone is treated fairly, paid fairly, has access to great support staff if there’s anything you need, and you can turn down a shift if the time doesn’t suit you or you don’t want to do the work. It’s a good way to earn some money and gain more skills and experience – plus some of our customers hire our labour hire staff directly!

Step 6: Transition to work

We’re here to help you as you navigate the new world of work. Have a question or concern about your rate of pay or conditions? We will help you work it out and develop yourself to continue your career long-term.


Questions? Concerns?

Give us a call on (02) 4243 1537 or email We’re happy to help and to answer your questions. Our office is available 9am-12pm Monday-Friday or by appointment.