Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program helps eligible job seekers learn the skills they need to get the job they want by improving their language, reading, writing and maths skills. 

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program provides training to help participants build their reading, writing, maths and basic computer skills. The training is delivered across Australia, from metropolitan and regional areas, right through to remote communities. 

SEE caters to various groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, youth, people with disabilities, mature aged people, and job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The SEE program is a great way to gain the confidence and English language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to get the job you want or go on to further study.

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Case Studies

The following case studies highlight the way the SEE program helps eligible job seekers learn the skills they need to get the job they want by improving their language, reading, writing and maths skills.

SEE Delivery

How the SEE program can help

The SEE program can help participants improve their English speaking, reading, writing, maths and basic computer skills.

These skills will help to them to:

  • improve their language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills
  • improve their confidence and ability to engage in the community
  • increase their confidence to undertake further study
  • learn new or improve their vocational skills for further study or employment.
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Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a referral to the SEE program you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • are aged between 15 years and the Age Pension age
  • are registered as a job seeker or as a volunteer job seeker
  • are deemed suitable for training without any barriers that would prevent successful participation
  • are either an Australian citizen or permanent resident or having working rights in Australia.

How is the program delivered

The SEE program is delivered by a national network of providers.

Training is delivered flexibly through full-time or part-time hours, via face-to-face, remote or distance training. Language, literacy and numeracy training is also delivered in the context of many vocational courses e.g Aged Care, Hospitality or Business.

SEE providers around Australia include community organisations and public training providers including:

  • technical colleges
  • private providers
  • universities

Referral to the SEE program

Job seekers interested in SEE should discuss their eligibility with their employment service provider and seek a referral. Providers able to refer to SEE include:

SEE clients who are on income support may also be eligible for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement of $20.80 per fortnight. 

Job seekers who are participating in Workforce Australia Online for Individuals and are in receipt of an income support payment with mutual obligation requirements can request a referral from the Digital Services Contact Centre (DSCC).

Voluntary participants in the online service (i.e. those not receiving an income support payment), should contact their local SEE provider directly to ask about a referral to SEE.

Any job seeker, regardless of whether they are receiving an income support payment or provider employment services, can also request a referral from Services Australia.

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Where can I find out more?

For more information, you can:

Discussion Paper – Delivery of the SEE Program 2023

The Discussion Paper – Delivery of the SEE Program 2023, was released for consultation late last year to inform the future delivery mode for the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program. The discussion paper sought stakeholder views on proposed changes to the SEE program’s procurement, contracting, funding and delivery arrangements.

You can read the stakeholder feedback or the discussion paper on the SEE website.

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Successful SEE Innovative Projects

In the 2021-22 Federal Budget, funding support was announced to boost participation and improve engagement of a broader range of cohorts in the SEE program. Part of the funding support included the provision of funding for SEE providers to trial innovative delivery projects and strategies to target and engage participants. Specifically, proposals were sought to trial:

  • Different models of contextualised training,
  • Strategies to improve engagement and retention of hard to engage learners,
  • Strategies to target job seekers with an interest in apprenticeship or traineeship pathways who experience LLND barriers.