School to Work
Together with Imagine More (ACT) and CRU - Community Resource Unit (QLD), we are working on a new project to support young people with disability to engage with employment.
School to Work aims to inspire, increase the confidence of and motivate students with disability and their families to seek meaningful, paid employment in the community.
We will be holding introductory webinars followed by in-depth workshops - with input from educators and potential employers - for the following cohorts:
- Imagining Work for Years 7-8
- Discovering Work for Years 9-10
- Finding Work for Years 11-12
Our introductory webinars are now open for registration. Visit our events page for dates and to register.
We will also hold two conferences over the course of the three-year project; one in NSW and one in ACT.
If you would like to join our mailing list and be kept up to date with developments of this project, including dates and times of webinars and workshops, please add your details to the form below.
Why is employment for people with disability so important?
People with disability have significant barriers to obtaining paid employment. Australia ranks 21 out of 29 in the employment of people with disability among OECD countries. NDIS participants in employment has remained at 21% throughout the life of the Scheme and only 41% of this group aged between 14 and 25 obtained paid employment in the open market. The most recent NDIS employment outcomes data reported that people with Down Syndrome and intellectual disability are most likely to be working in an Australia Disability Enterprise (ADE) rather than in open employment (NDIS 2018, Outcomes Report).
To improve these outcomes, a grassroots approach is needed which works directly with families so that they have the vision, knowledge and capacity to support their children to plan early, harness the use of existing pathways in the school years and support their children in meaningful employment.