Leaving school can be a stressful, confusing and challenging time. That’s why it’s important to be well prepared for the next stage of your life, which may include finding and keeping a job or further study. Having a job brings a range of benefits including the ability to afford things, making new friends and improving your self-esteem. But how do you prepare yourself to be ready for the workforce? That’s where School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) should come into your consideration.
What is SLES?
SLES is an NDIS funded support that aims to give you the confidence to move from school towards work. The support is tailored to you and can include support in:
- Goal Setting
- Transport Training
- Work Training and Skills Assessments
- Employment Preparation Skills
- Job Search
- Work Experience
- Money Handling
- Supported linkage to a Disability Employment Service (DES)
- Negotiating possible employment opportunities with the support of a DES
How do I access SLES?
In order to access SLES you must
- Check your eligibility for NDIS by visiting: ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist
- Make sure you include SLES and your goal to work in your NDIS pre-planning information, and
- Ask your NDIS planner to include SLES in your NDIS plan.
What are the pathways from SLES?
After completing SLES you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to successfully transition to a Disability Employment Service (DES) for continued employment specific support. Whether that be for the purpose of exploring further study options, attempting to source an apprenticeship/traineeship or seeking work in the mainstream workforce. Discover some of your future opportunities:
You may want to develop your skills before entering the workforce and a great way to do that is through further study. There is a huge range of different courses you can undertake, all depending on your interests and your career goal. The training you do must be through a registered training organisation or an accredited university to be recognised by prospective employers.
Start an Apprenticeship/Traineeship
An Apprenticeship/Traineeship is a flexible employment-based training arrangement available to people of all ages (Department of Industry and Skills, 2018). It gives you the opportunity to train, work and earn money in an area of interest – all while working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeship/Traineeships also include a combination of paid on and off-the-job employment and training. Upon completion there is also the possibility of ongoing employment and the opportunity to continue to upskill with further training.
Working in the Mainstream Workforce
Open Employment means you are employed in the mainstream workforce. If you want to work in the mainstream workforce, you should consider linking up with a Disability Employment Service (DES). A DES will help you get ready to look, find and keep a job. You can access DES support through a referral by Centrelink or by registering with a DES directly. When you visit Centrelink, they carry out an employment assessment and if you are eligible, they will recommend you to a Disability Employment Service provider (Department of Social Services, 2018). DES support is different to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support.
Barkuma can help you with your next stage
As a Disability Employment Service, Disability Enterprise and registered NDIS provider Barkuma can provide support in your next stage of life. If you would like any information about the supports we offer, contact us by filling in the form or calling 8414 7100.
- Department for Industry and Skills, What is an apprenticeship or traineeship? http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships/get-an-apprenticeship-or-traineeship/what-is-an-apprenticeship-or-traineeship
- Department of Social Services, Working with Disability Employment Services providers, https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/employers/working-with-providers-disability-employment-services
- Buyability, What are Disability Enterprises? https://buyability.org.au/what-are/