THE BARKUMA JOURNAL

What’s the difference between SLES and DES?

What’s the difference between SLES and DES?

It’s a question we get asked often… The main difference between School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) and Disability Employment Supports – Open Employment (DES) is how ready someone is to enter the employment world.

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Everyone can create an inclusive workforce

Everyone can create an inclusive workforce

Local businesses have joined forces with disability service provider, Barkuma, to employ people with disability.  KFC and Big W in Adelaide’s North are celebrating the benefits of their inclusive workforce.

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

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

Finishing school can be a challenging life phase, especially with a disability or learning difficulty. Barkuma’s Transition Program supports young people and their families through this period to ensure they have the best possible chance for the future.

A seamless transition – Progressing from SLES to DES

A seamless transition – Progressing from SLES to DES

The transition from school to work can be a tricky time for many young people, but there are services out there to help make the leap. School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) can assist you to become job ready by mapping out a desired future pathway, setting...

Where are they now? Jarrett

Where are they now? Jarrett

When Jarrett was a client of better pathways his coordinator Matt recognised his passion for animation, and encouraged him to pursue 3D modelling. Jarrett enrolled in a Certificate II of Creative Arts where he explored 3D animation and 3D modelling, and then went on...

Kicking Goals

Kicking Goals

One of our open employment clients Jacob was finally back to work at the Crows, after a 12 month absence due to Covid-19. ​​​​​​​Jacob has been working for the Adelaide Crows since May, 2010. He has been supported by Gavin Mackie and Daniel Bell for his tenure. He is...

Retirements in the factories

Retirements in the factories

Louise has worked for Barkuma for over 30 years, starting at the Campbelltown factory, then moving to the new Holden Hill premises and eventually transferring to the Elizabeth factory after her move out of home and into supported accommodation in Gawler.  During her...

Star alert at Elizabeth

Star alert at Elizabeth

Today was a milestone in a part of our planning to streamline our operations and to improve efficiencies across sites.  The Dirty Inc contract has now been handed over to our HACCP team at Elizabeth and is already set up and operational. Simon Bryant and Josh...