A giant leap… Transitioning from school to what’s next.

27th August, 2021

Finishing school can be a challenging life phase, especially with a disability or learning difficulty.  Knowing your options and potential pathways for your child or student can seem overwhelming, or at the other extreme, limited.  Barkuma’s Transition Program supports young people and their families through this period to ensure they have the best possible chance for the future.

“I didn’t think school was for me and I wasn’t even going to complete year 12. Thankfully my school knew there was a way I could get through, and make sure I was supported through the process.” Harrison, Transition Program Graduate

Barkuma’s Transition program is a 12 month program designed to assist final year students with disability and learning difficulties to make the smooth transition from school to future pathways. Through structured learning, skill development, accredited training and work placement opportunities, students are offered ongoing support to find and keep a job.

Students attend Barkuma 1 day per week in Terms 1 and 2 while building practical employment skills and career development. In Term 3, they commence accredited training through TafeSA or Private RTO’s in course such as Retail or Hospitality.

In the final Term, students complete their vocational qualification gaining credit towards SACE, and undertake work experience. After a graduation ceremony, students are then supported to transition to an Employment Pathway. This could either be School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) or Disability Employment Services (DES) who will provide assistance beyond school to prepare for and seek employment.

“I think confidence really gives a student direction and purpose in life, and I think that’s the essence Barkuma has been able to make students feel good about themselves, and value themselves.” Kevin Woolford, St Michaels College

Expressions of Interest for 2022 are open now. Contact transition@barkuma.com.au to find out more.