OC Connections Enterprises

OC Connections Enterprises provides supported work opportunities where participants can build confidence and independence, learn new skills and grow, meet new friends and build relationships and take pride in belonging to a working community. 

Training Objectives

Training is provided at the participant’s skill level, with tasks tailored to their abilities. Participant’s progress is assessed a minimum of once per year and this assessment indicates achievements, strengths and opportunities for training.

Work Experience

Our work experience program is open to students referred through TAFE, Special Development Schools, other agencies including Disability Employment Services and family members. The program introduces students to a structured workday, teaches them about work ethics and social interaction and gives a taste of working within a supported environment.

Work experience aims to:

• Introduce and explore the concept of work ethic
• Introduce and discuss vocational opportunities 
• Equip people with new training and work skills
• Offer assistance and support with vocational options
• Assess skill levels and needs of individuals
• Refer to open employment agencies where appropriate
• Offer ongoing employment where appropriate.

Benefits for the student:

• To broaden the life experience of the individual
• Develop an understading of daily work patterns
• Empower the individual with a sense of independance
• Demonstrate that Individuals are seen as valued members of the community
• Boosts self-esteem, self worth and confidence
• Encourage and teach responsibility
• Utilise skills that students have learnt at school / training centres
• Teach and practice social skills
• Acquire new skills/job knowledge and experience

A Good Day’s Work

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a job well done, of being a part of a team, learning new skills and choosing how to spend your own money. At OC Connections Enterprises we understand and value the benefits that employment offers.

We provide supported work opportunities where employees can build confidence and independence, learn new skills, meet new friends and build relationships and take pride in belonging to a working community.

Workplace Learning

At OCCE, we provide training at each employee’s skill level, with tasks tailored to individual abilities. Progress is assessed annually to identify achievements, strengths and opportunities for further workplace education.

A great way to see if our workplace and employment opportunities are right for you is to have a trial run first.

Before starting at OCCE, potential supported employees are offered a work trial period. During this trial, different areas of work can be tried, while getting to know other employees. At the end of the trial, potential employees are assessed to determine the most appropriate work area in which to start.

We also offer a work experience program open to students referred through family members, TAFE, special development schools and other agencies (including disability employment services). The program introduces students to a structured work day, teaches them about work ethics and social interaction and gives a taste of working within a supported environment.

Our work experience program provides opportunity to:

  • Explore career opportunities and workplace options
    • Undertake new training and learn work skills
    • Assesses individual skill levels and needs
    • Be referred to open employment agencies where appropriate
    • Be offered ongoing employment where appropriate.

Benefits to the student:

  • Broadens life experience
    • Develops an understanding of daily work patterns
    • Promotes independence
    • Boosts self-esteem, self-worth and confidence
    • Encourages and teaches responsibility
    • Utilises skills that have been learnt at school/training centres
    • Teaches social skills
    • Learn new skills/job knowledge and experience.

Work Ethics

An important and significant part of our work experience program is to teach and train work ethics. Quite often a hurdle that may face people with an intellectual disability in obtaining employment is the lack of education or understanding in relation to work ethics. For any one of us to maintain a job we need to abide by certain rules, standards and values that our employer sets out for us. Things such as punctuality, team work, following instructions and adhering to the appropriate meal breaks etc. are all important to maintain a job. Training in these areas is given by use of every day interactions, prompting and role modelling.

Contact

For more information about OC Connections Enterprises, please complete the enquiry form on the left or call (03) 9575 4200.