Category: Towards Employment

Neurodiverse Employment: What does it look like?

12 February 2024

For this blog, we will be using “neurodiversity” to describe: – autism– ADHD– intellectual and developmental disorders– Downs Syndrome– and psychiatric disorders Employment is an important part of people’s lives. You get paid for your work, you contribute to the community, and you can make friends. People living with disabilities face barriers to employment, but […]

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Baristas in training

30 October 2022

The OCC Enterprises Towards Employment team attended the Melbourne Coffee Academy to learn the skills of a barista. This is all part of their journey in exploring and experiencing a variety of occupations and industries, with the aim to find one that suits them. Check out the video for some highlights from the day:

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Team work makes the dream work

31 August 2022

The Towards Employment pathway (a School Leaver Employment Supports pathway) focuses not only on employment skills, but also life skills, where participants can get hands on experiences within the local community to learn and grow new skills that are transferable into everyday living.   Harry, David F, David G, Kartika and Towards Employment facilitator, Hannah […]

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School Leaver Employment Supports taking applications for 2022 intake now

14 December 2021

PLACES AVAILABLE If you need support to transition from school to employment through developing your work and independent skills and have School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) NDIS funding, you may be eligible for our Towards Employment pathway. We are taking applications to commence our 2022 intake year now. Call us today to discuss your funding […]

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Learning new skills with work experience

25 August 2021

Work experience is an important component of Towards Employment – OC Connections’ School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) pathway.  It provides context, hands-on learning and a taste of different working environments for those who participate.  Just as importantly, it provides the host workplace with an insight into working with people with disability, the support required and the tasks that can […]

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Hannah Isles receives Allen James Award

22 July 2021

Congratulations Hannah Isles, Towards Employment Facilitator at OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE), for receiving Rotary’s Allen James Award at the Annual Rotary Changeover Dinner on Monday 5 July. In recognition of her work, Hannah received a vocational scholarship to pursue her education and training in the disability field. The scholarship will help fund her current study […]

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Work experience for SLES students

29 April 2021

The Towards Employment students commenced face to face study at Mackie Road Neighbourhood House in January, very excited after a long break. The students started an eight-week course, Keys to Success Program (KSP) run by facilitator Jon Slingsby from VALID (Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability). Eight employees from OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE) were […]

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Towards Employment team reflect on their online study

21 September 2020

Towards Employment participants, Will, David and Harry, recently celebrated their impressive effort to move their study to an online platform. The team were presented with a certificate and book with photos of their experience studying online with Zoom and Google Classroom. (See photos below). Hannah Isles, Towards Employment Facilitator, reflected with the group on their […]

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David and Harry explore job opportunities

21 September 2020

David and Harry recently experienced what it would be like to work in a coffee shop when they visited the Busy Beans Café in Moonee Ponds as part of the OC Connections Towards Employment Pathway. The BusyBeans barista program is an AimBig (Disability Employment Service) initiative where people with a disability are trained with the […]

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