About Us

Youth Express delivers a range of programs that encourage strong and sustainable links amongst our key stakeholders: Young People, Education Providers, Business/Industry, Parents and the Community. Our organisation operates within the Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Port Stephens & Dungog areas.

The core functions of Youth Express are to:

  • Encourage participation by senior students in Vocational Education and Training (VET).
  • Coordinate structured workplace learning
  • Promote best practice in preparation and training of young people for transition from school to work
  • Assist business and industry to address skill and training needs
  • Support School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Interact with organisations, community groups and education providers to establish strong relationships for supporting young people


Youth Express actively engages with the following High Schools and their feeder Primary Schools:

Lower Hunter Schools Involved:

  • All Saints - St Mary's Campus
  • All Saints - St Joseph's Campus
  • All Saints - St Peter's Campus
  • Cessnock High School
  • Dungog High School
  • Francis Greenway High School
  • Hunter River High School
  • Hunter Valley Grammar School
  • Irrawang High School
  • Kurri Kurri High School
  • Linuwel School
  • Maitland Christian School
  • Maitland Grossmann High School
  • Maitland High School
  • Mount View High School
  • Rutherford Technology High School
  • St Phillips Christian College, Salamander Bay and Cessnock
  • Tomaree High School
  • Hunter Trade College

Upper Hunter Schools Involved:

  • Merriwa Central School
  • Muswellbrook High School
  • Scone Grammar School 
  • Scone High School
  • Singleton Christian College
  • Singleton High School
  • St Catherine's College
  • St Joseph's High School

TAFE Campus' Involved:

  • Cessnock TAFE
  • Kurri Kurri TAFE
  • Maitland TAFE
  • Muswellbrook TAFE
  • Singleton TAFE
  • Tomaree TAFE

Trade Training Centres Involved:

  • Singleton Trade Training Centre Incorporating Singleton High School, St Catherine's College and Singleton Christian School
  • Upper Hunter Trade Training Centre Incorporating Merriwa High School, Scone High School and Muswellbrook HS
  • Raymond Terrace Trade Training Centre Incorporating Dungog High School, Hunter River High School, Irrawang High School and Francis Greenway High School

Trade Schools Involved:

  • Maitland TAFE
  • Hunter River High School

A board manages Youth Express. The Maitland Chamber of Commerce and Industry nominates the chairperson, and members are drawn from:

  • Local Chamber's of Commerce and Industry (Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Maitland and Singleton)
  • Local Employers
  • TAFE
  • Department of Education and Communities
  • School Principals
  • Community

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