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 & supported job placement.   This is completed in a space where you can build confidence & self-development, readying you to enter the workplace!

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.

Why Choose OC Connections SLES Pathway?

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.

On the Job Training

Our job sampling opportunities will allow you to try a variety of job options while developing work skills and experience. 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.

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.

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 

Enter the Workforce With Support

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

How Our SLES Pathway Works

1. Develop an Individual Employment Plan
  • 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.

 

  • Individualised feedback is provided with participant and relevant carers. This plan is informally reviewed every three months & a new plan is discussed as developed each year.

 

  • Individualised feedback is provided with participant and relevant carers.This plan is informally reviewed every three months & a new plan is discussed as developed each year.
2. Identify Goals, Support Needs & Learning Requirements
  • 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 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.

  • 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. Refine Your Skill Progress & Career Goals
  • In year 2 of the pathway, the Individual Employment Plan is reviewed and renewed to support the development and training of necessary skills related to the individual’s chosen and desired employment pathway.

  • Skills are refined and training is offered to support this. This is individualised and related to the participant’s chosen pathway.
5. Job Ready To Succeed In Employment!
  • When work ready, our participants are supported & connected with an employment service & business networks we have partnerships with. This assists in bridging the gap between learnt skills and successful transition to employment in a safe and supported manner.
  • Participants are also supported to undertake additional training & further studies with an RTO if desired.

A Typical Week In Our School Leavers Employment Supports Pathway

The pathway typically operates 3 days a week out of the Mackie Road Community Centre in Mulgrave. A typical week is as follows:

Tues – Work experience

Wed – Classroom based learning

Thurs - Work sites visits with community access

The pathway has been updated to ensure this can continue during COVID. Sessions are now as follows –

Tues – 1:1 sessions for participants via zoom

Wed -  AM/ PM Group Zoom sessions

 Wed -  AM/ PM Group Zoom session

Facilitated via zoom and google classroom

School Leavers Virtual Tour

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.

Upcoming Term Dates 

Term 1 Commences:  Wednesday 27th January 2021

Towards Employment Skills At A Glance

1.  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:

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

2. Job Placement Development

  • 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.

Start Your Journey & Apply In Our SLES Pathway Today!

For further information on our school leavers employment support pathway, please complete an enquiry form below or call us directly.  We look forward to organising an interview with our friendly towards employment team to kick start your journey from school to work.

For further information and enrolment details you can also directly contact:

Athena Kontonis- Towards Employment Manager
(03) 9575 4200 or Mobile: 0408 034 461
Email:  akontonis@occenterprises.org

Hannah Isles – Towards Employment Facilitator
(03) 9575 4200 or Mobile: 0421 193 805
Email:  hisles@occonnections.org

SLES FAQs

What is SLES? Do I need it to do the 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. 
  • 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.

    Yes, you will need either funding to participate in the Towards Employment pathway. 
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. 

What is the aim of the 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.

Where is your SLES program based from?

At the Mackie Road, Neighbourhood House, Mulgrave. 

It is easily accessible by public transport and has facilities such as kitchen, accessibility all in a calm and welcoming surrounds.

*The pathway has been updated to ensure this can continue during COVID. Sessions are now occurring through Zoom video.

 

Modules such as work placement, workplace tours and travel training will be delivered off-site along with any additional support options.

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