School Leaver Employment Supports

Our School Leavers Employment Support pathway “Towards Employment” is an individually tailored part time two year pathway that aims to develop a clear career direction for participants.

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A School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) pathway helping you get towards employment

Our School Leavers Employment Support pathway “Towards Employment” is an individually tailored part time two year pathway that aims to develop a clear career direction for participants.

Our Towards Employment pathway aims to ease this transition from school to working life, with additional applied skill learning and supported job placement.

This is completed in a space where you can build confidence and self-development, preparing you to enter the workplace!

Learning is undertaken on site at the Wellington Reserve Community Centre, out in the community and at selected work experience sites.

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A Speciality Learning Pathway To Help Young People Achieve Their Employment Goals

  • Towards Employment is specially designed for Year 12 school leavers who would like to plan for the transition of finding a job in line with their goals.
  • This pathway can also be tailored for non-school leavers with a disability who have employment-related goals and NDIS funding under Finding and Keeping a Job.

About Towards Employment

TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT PATHWAY

1 Develop an Individual Employment Plan

  • Every participant has the right to be involved and participate in decision making with regards to work goals.
  • Each participant works together with the facilitator to plan for and choose their work goals. This is formally documented via the Individual Employment Plan. This plan takes into consideration an individual’s current and future NDIS work goals and personal work related goals.
  • The formal plan outlines strategies, supports and training that will be offered.
  • Progress notes, goal evidence and formal training is provided on an ongoing basis.
  • Individualised feedback is provided in an informal and formal manner with participant and relevant carers.
  • This plan is informally reviewed every three months (formal feedback provided) and a new plan is discussed as developed each year.

2 Identify Goals, Support Needs & Learning Requirements

  • Goals and support needs are identified through the structured modules and learnings.
  • Support is provided on an individualised basis to take into consideration a participant’s learning style and support needs.
  • Formal training is identified and documented via task/ skill analysis forms and these support needs are included into the individual employment plan process.
  • Additional support needs are identified via the formal and informal feedback sessions with the participants and their carers.
  • Participants and families are involved in this process to support the development of learning and achievement of skills

3 Supported Skill & Job Development

  • As part of this pathway, participants undertake work experience a number of different employment settings. This provides on the job experience in a supported and safe manner, to put into practice their learnings.
  • Participants are provided with formal on the job supports that increases their employability skills.
  • The pathway also introduces participants to individuals from different careers and industries. This provides the participants the opportunity to understand different types of work that may be of interest to them. This assists in the participant’s employment pathway decision making process.

4 Job Ready To Succeed In Employment!

  • As part of this pathway, participants undertake work experience a number of different employment settings. This provides on the job experience in a supported and safe manner, to put into practice their learnings.
  • Participants are provided with formal on the job supports that increases their employability skills.

The pathway also introduces participants to individuals from different careers and industries. This provides the participants the opportunity to understand different types of work that may be of interest to them. This assists in the participant’s employment pathway decision making process.

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What NDIS funding do you need to participate in our SLES pathway?

Participation in the Towards Employment pathway can be funded in your NDIS plan, under School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES), if:

You are a Year 12 school leaver and have identified employment related goals in your NDIS plan & want help transitioning from school to employment.

You are not a Year 12 school leaver, but an NDIS participant who can use the ‘Finding and Keeping a Job’ funding in their plan to access our Toward Employment SLES suite of activities.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Modules for learning are based on skills that support the increased independence of the participant in all key life areas. Some of these are:

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  • Money Management – e.g. saving, budgeting
  • Literacy & Numeracy – e.g. resume writing, workplace visits
  • Presentation Skills – e.g. effective communication, needs and wants
  • Social Skills – e.g. team building, healthy relationships
  • Interview Training – e.g. becoming work ready, preparing for an interview
  • Rights & Responsibilities – e.g. your rights at work, workplace safety

A variety of training modes are used to encourage interactive learning. This includes things such as videos, presentations, face to face and online activities.

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  • Participants are supported to undertake work placements to experience work first hand. Undertaking this in a supported manner ensures that the participants feel safe and confident to learn and try new experiences.
  • This supports the transition to employment for the participants desired career pathway.

Why Choose OC Connections As Your School Leaver Employment Supports Provider?

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Specialised Activities Tailored To You

While many of our modules are delivered in a group-style structured format over the year, individual & specialised sessions can be organised where identified in your individual employment plan.

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ON THE JOB TRAINING

Our job sampling opportunities will allow you to try a variety of job options while developing work skills and experience. As a dedicated SLES provider, we will work with you to discuss your interests, goals and needs and endeavour to find a work placement that meets these requirements.

Community Engagement

The team is supported to connect with the community via work site visits with community access and guest speakers.

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Build Your Confidence & Personal Growth

Our two year course is designed to focus on both personal and professional skill development leaving you with life skills of independence & purpose.

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Specialised Classes & Workshops

We know the transition from school to work is different to everyone. That’s why we’ve considered individualised classes & workshops that reflect you

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Enter the workforce in a supported environment

Our Towards Employment pathway allows you to transition into your workplace of choice with confidence of a supported network.

Towards Employment FAQs

  • What is SLES?

    SLES stands for School Leaver Employment Supports.  It is NDIS funding to assist in building a participant’s ability and confidence to enter the workforce. 

    Providers who deliver School Leaver Employment Supports help young people with disability prepare, look for and gain employment through capacity building activities.

  • Do I need SLES to do Towards Employment pathway?

    Participation in the Towards Employment pathway can be funded in your NDIS plan, under School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES), if you are a Year 12 school leaver and have identified employment related goals in your NDIS plan & want help transitioning from school to employment.

    If you are not a Year 12 school leaver, but an NDIS participant you can use the ‘Finding and Keeping a Job’ funding in your plan to access our Toward Employment SLES suite of activities.

  • What does the SLES / Towards Employment pathway involve?

    Our Towards Employment pathway is a part time two year pathway to developing a clear career direction for participants, including applied learning, job placement and online study options. Study can be undertaken online and/or in a classroom setting part time – 3 days per week.

    We work with you to build confidence and self-development in preparation for the workplace.

  • What is the aim of the SLES Towards Employment pathway?

    Towards Employment provides an employment plan with employment outcomes, goals, outlines learning requirements and support needs.  Our aim is to get participants work ready.

  • What is the next upcoming date for Towards Employment SLES?

    We usually have two intakes per year for our Towards Employment pathway:  January and July.  However, we can assess each application as they come in and determine the most suitable start date depending on their goals.

  • How do I get SLES in my NDIS Plan?

    School Leaver Employment Supports is NDIS funding to assist build a participant’s ability and confidence to enter the workforce. 

    The NDIS can fund school leaver employment supports for up to two years, depending on your circumstances. 

    Funding is based on your employment goals, individual circumstances and reports/assessments provided during the planning conversation. 

    Planning conversations should happen while you are still at school, to ensure that there is funding in your plan to help with your transition planning before you finish school. 

    Information that will assist yoru planner to make reasonable and necessary funding decisions around School Leaver Employment Supports include: 

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