More than 50 South Australian School students with disability graduated from the Transition Program on Wednesday November 22 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
The program, now in its 17th year, is designed to help final year students with disability make a smooth transition from school to future pathways. It provides structured learning, skill development and work placement opportunities and links students to services that provide ongoing training and support to gain and maintain employment.
The Adelaide Convention Centre has become a fantastic partner of the event over the years and agreed to once again host the event. This ensured all guests were treated to a wonderful evening in a superb atmosphere. This year as a special addition students and guests were addressed by Barkuma’s ambassador Paul Vasileff, who told his own story of overcoming obstacles. MC Matt Tarrant also kept the audience entertained with his world renowned magic. This added an extra layer of excitement to the night making it all the more special.
One outstanding graduate in the class of 2017 is Mitchell. In what has been a very busy year for Mitchell, he has completed school and a Certificate I in Retail, competed in under 21’s table tennis, learnt to drive and has had a job interview and a job trial. Amongst all this Mitchell also found time to complete the Transition Program, an experience he really enjoyed. Mitchell says "I would recommend this Program to others because it is helpful and teaches what to expect after school life."
Students who complete the program typically go on to find work in a diverse range of fields with the support of a DES provider. These include retail, hospitality, administration, construction, horticulture, manufacturing and local, state and federal governments.
To anyone interested in participating in the Transition Program visit: https://www.barkuma.com.au/supports/in-your-school/transition-program