Towards Employment Info Night

Thank you to everyone who attended the recent information night at OC Connections (OCC) to introduce a new initiative called Towards Employment.

Please watch a recording of the presentation below.

In attendance at the information night were parents and year 11 and 12 students at local schools, as well as a group of young adults who have recently left school, who would like to build their skills and ultimately gain employment.

OC Connections will be delivering Towards Employment in 2020

Towards Employment, an NDIS funded School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) pathway will provide a suite of activities to assist school leavers with disability, to gain the skills and confidence to transition to meaningful employment.

Fleur Haberfield, Project Manager (SLES) from OCC outlined the Towards Employment pathway, the process and how both school leavers (with SLES) and other young people (with Individual Employment Supports) can access the pathway.

"We are passionate about making sure that young people with disability have the same opportunities and access to employment that everyone else does and are not relegated to stereotypical jobs." Fleur Haberfield, OCC Towards Employment Project Manager

Athena Kontonis, OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE), Learning and Assessment Manager gave an overview of supported employment opportunities at OCCE. She discussed how OCC is committed to providing work experience for people with a disability and exploring potential employment opportunities.

We were delighted that Harry King from AimBig Employment was also able to present to the group. AimBig Employment is a nation-wide DES provider with over 20 years’ experience working with people with disability and achieving employment outcomes.

Mr King talked about the new approach to finding employment for people with disability and how AimBig is working alongside School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) providers to assist people with disability, move seamlessly through training to employment.

Mr King also introduced the Busy Beans Program, a disability employment initiative of AimBig Employment and an award-winning barista training and employment initiative for people living with a disability.

To find out about Busy Beans call Harry King on 0419 625 287, email or apply online at

For more information about Towards Employment click here





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