A School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) pathway

Supporting school leavers with a disability to develop the skills and confidence to find and keep a job.

Who is it for?

Towards Employment is specially designed for Year 12 school leavers who would like to find a job. It 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.

How does it work?

OC Connections will work with you to develop an individual employment plan based around your employment goals, learning and support requirements.  This plan will outline the modules from our Towards Employment pathway to best suit your goals.  Your goals will be regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure you are reaching your specific milestones and your plan will be adjusted where necessary.

Towards Employment offers two stages of training over two years:

1. Skill development; and

2. Job placement skills

Skill Development will include, but not be limited to:

• Budgeting and Money Management • Healthy Relationships • Interview Training • Job Matching and Selection • Life Skills • Literacy and Numeracy • Personal goal setting Presentation Skills • Public Speaking • Small Business • Social Skills • Team Work • Technology • Travel Training • Working Unsupervised • Workplace Safety

Activities are delivered in structured modules and participants can learn at their own pace, amongst their peers.

The Job Ready Skills stage will include longer work placements in a working environment and prepare you to transition to a DES.

Specialised activities to suit your goals

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


Intake is January and June 2020, however in some cases you may be able to commence anytime throughout the year.

Towards Employment runs 3 days per week (18 hours) for 48 weeks of each year.

If you require two additional days of support, please speak with us.

How to apply for Towards Employment

  1. Complete an Expression of Interest form on the right
  2. Participant and parent attend an interview with the Towards Employment Coordinator
  3. If successful the participant and parent will meet with OCC to create a Service Agreement. A Service Agreement will need to be signed and returned to OC Connections prior to commencement of Towards Employment in January 2020.

For more information or to apply for Towards Employment

Contact Fleur Haberfield on (03) 9569 0603 or email fhaberfield@OCConnections.org

On-the-job Training

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

1. Job sampling in your first year

2. 3 - 12 months work placement in the job ready skills stage

We will work with you to discuss your interests, goals and needs and endeavour to find a work placement that meets these requirements.

What funding do you need to participate?

Participation in the program may be funded in your NDIS plan, under School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES), if:

You are a Year 12 school leaver with a disability and have identified employment related goals in your NDIS plan.

NDIS participants who have employment related goals in their plan and who are not school leavers, can use the Finding and Keeping a Job funding in their plan to access our Towards Employment suite of activities.


Many of our activities will be held at the Towards Employment base 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.

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

Contact Us

Towards Employment 2020 - Important dates and information

Mid-November 2019 - Enrolment and interviews

December 2019 - Training plans commence and orientation session to meet 2020 peers and staff

Tuesday 21 January 2020 - Towards Employment commences


  • 21 January – 27 March
  • 7 April – 26 June
  • 7 July – 18 September
  • 29 September – 17 December