Youth Express On the Right Track

Arming young people with the tools to confidently engage in  

Education, Community and Work

What is our mission?

To provide links and programs to help young people build confidence through self-development programs.

To provide skill development based programmes that link to educational choices and information provision.

Engage parents/family, business, education and community to support the development of young people.

To encourage business to re-engage with and recognise the potential of young people.

To provide career development support activities.

To maintain a social media profile that includes information advice and links.

Youth Express is a registered not-for profit and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) charity.  We have supported young people in the Hunter through various programs since 1993. We deliver 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 services are delivered within the Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Port Stephens & Dungog regions.

Government Funded Programs:
• Work Placements
• Links to Learning
• Indigenous Advancement Strategy
• KauKan

Fee-for-Service:
• School Support Services
• STEAM Shack
• Learn to Work
• Moving On
• Validate Me
• Skills for Life
• Industry Excursion and Inspiration Visits
• Career Quests
• Work Preparation Workshops
• Teacher Professional Learning (TPL): Networking and Industry Visits

Robert Beggs and Peter Hilder Awards
Youth Express hosts the annual Robert Beggs and Peter Hilder Awards to recognise the achievements of VET students, teachers and businesses across the Hunter. In recognition of Robert Beggs passion and commitment to Vocational Education, nominations are received from schools and staff to honor those who show outstanding commitment to VET work.
Awards are held at the end of each school year and bring together students and their families, community members, school representatives, business and industry partners.

H-YTAG: The Hunter Youth Transition Advisory Group
Youth Express facilitate quarterly meetings for the H-YTAG committee who represent key stakeholders in supporting young people . The Hunter Youth Transition Advisory Group (H-YTAG) is an opportunity for industry, education, community and government, to partner and collaborate to achieve positive results for our young people to transition from education to employment. We invite stakeholders to participate in a consultative meeting and also have the opportunity to present feedback and insight into program development. By holding a consultative committee the focus is shifted to the issue at hand and members feel engaged and motivated to provide positive suggestions. We continually accept new members and look forward to positive advocacy in the future.

Meet The Youth Express Team

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    Julie Eldridge

    CEO / Manager

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    Natalie Lewin

    Office Manager

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    Jane Thompson

    Work Placement Team Leader

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    Denise Rafferty

    Work Placement Coordinator

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    Kim Miles

    Work Placement Coordinator

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    Tania Bunk

    Work Placement Coordinator / Industry Liaison Officer

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    Breanna Landwehr

    Business Development Officer

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    Iain Yule

    Special Programs Coordinator

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    Leanne Ferguson

    Links to Learning Coordinator / Special Programs Coordinator

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    Eve Maguire

    Programs Assistant

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    Genus Passi

    Program Coordinator IAS

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    Sam Russell

    Program Coordinator IAS

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    Teresa Hughes

    Administration Assistant – VTEC

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Youth Express Executive Board

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    Anne Bartlett

    President
    Lifestyle Cleaning Solutions
    Representing Industry

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    Julie Eldridge

    CEO / Manager
    Youth Express

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    Glenda O'Brien

    Treasurer
    Department of Education and Communities
    Representing Education

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    Di Soltau

    Board Member
    Maitland Grossmann High School
    Representing Education

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    Ros Evans

    Board Member
    Department of Education
    Representing Education

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    Mary-Ann Hill

    TAFE NSW
    Representing TAFE

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    Lori Parish

    Board Member
    Worimi Land Council
    Representing Industry

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    Deb Hescott

    Hunter TAFE
    Representing TAFE

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    Ian Scanlon

    Representing Community

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Local Schools Engaged

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Further Education Providers

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Businesses Involved

We develop lasting relationships between students, workers, educational facilities & local business.

Our Feedback Speaks For Itself.

“Youth Express helped us to gain access to our future workforce”

Big W Greenhills
Cory Krake, Store Manager.

“They found the right staff for the job and always followed up”

The Cellar Restaurant
Andy and Janet Wright, Owners/Managers

At our core is a team of passionate YOUTH Education, Training & Career Specialists

Providing  education, training & career opportunities

Speak to a YOUTH Education, Training & Career Specialist

Call Youth Express
02 4931 2777