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School to Work

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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 and equip students with disability, through the support of families, to seek meaningful, paid employment in the community.

We offer:

  • Workshops, free webinars and small group info sessions
  • 1:1 support
  • Resources

WEBINARS 

We regularly hold the following introductory webinars:

  • Imagining Work for Years 7-8 (two-part webinar)
  • Discovering Work for Years 9-10 (two-part webinar)
  • Finding Work for Years 11-12 (two-part webinar)
  • Accessing Work Experience Through School
  • NDIS Plans: Making the most of a young person's employment supports

WORKSHOPS

Our in-depth full day School to Work Workshops run at various NSW venues throughout the year.

SCHOOL TO WORK CONFERENCES

We will also hold two conferences over the course of the three-year project.

The School to Work Disability Employment Conference - Securing Futures, Shifting Mindsets, will take place in NSW (Novotel Parramatta) on 14-15 September 2022. Find out more about the conference here.

The second conference will be in 2023 in the ACT.

Visit our events page for dates and to register to any of the above events.

MAILING LIST

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.