Project Overview

The Lift Off Program is designed for young people who are not attending or have recorded low attendance within a mainstream school for various reasons such as anxiety, depression, or a family breakdown. Our holistic strengths-based approach aims to support young people going through a hard time and keep them engaged with the education system.

Delivered in collaboration with their school, allied health, Lift Off staff and the family, this program helps students to develop confidence and emotional stability while learning practical life skills, healthy thought patterns and how to stay motivated in the face of adversity.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the program students must have disengaged or be at risk of disengaging from mainstream school due to mental health or related reasons.

Why Skillinvest?

The program is delivered with a variety of teaching methods and learning opportunities to cater for individual learning styles and areas of interest.


Students complete a certificate I or II in General Education for Adults to enable their successful transition back into mainstream education. In addition to the educational component of the program, students and their family are also provided with the opportunity to engage and receive support from experts in the field of family services, adolescent mental health and other allied health professionals.


The Lift Off program is currently running in two locations – Pakenham and Cranbourne.

Skillinvest lift off program

What our parents say

“My son Corey has been attending the Lift Off program.

Last year Corey struggled academically and with anxiety, since being in this program I have noticed huge changes with his anxiety.

Corey now has more confidence, less anxiety regarding school and has been excited for classes in the Lift Off program whereas he always dreaded school.

Without the program I was at a loss as what to do with Corey and would like to see it continue so it can help others in Corey’s situation.”

Sue, Parent

What our students say

“I have better self-confidence, it is a positive environment to be in with smaller class sizes and self-paced learning. It has helped to dramatically reduce my anxiety and handle daily life better. The trainer and support staff are very helpful and supportive to my individual needs.”

Mitchell Student